verb (used without object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
- to produce a harsh, discordant sound, as two comparatively small, thin, or hollow pieces of metal hitting together: The charms on her bracelet jangle as she moves.
- to speak angrily; wrangle.
verb (used with object), jan·gled, jan·gling.
- to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound: He jangled the pots and pans.
- to cause to become irritated or upset: The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves.
- a harsh or discordant sound.
- an argument, dispute, or quarrel.
- to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantlythe telephone jangled
- (tr) to produce a jarring effect onthe accident jangled his nerves
- an archaic word for wrangle
- a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
- an argument or quarrel
c.1300, jangeln, “to talk excessively, chatter, talk idly,” from Old French jangler “to chatter, gossip, bawl, argue noisily” (12c.), perhaps from Frankish *jangelon “to jeer” or some other Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch jangelen “to whine”). Meaning “make harsh noise” is first recorded late 15c. Related: Jangled; jangling.
late 13c., “gossip, slanderous conversation, dispute,” from Old French jangle, from jangler (see jangle (v.)). Meaning “discordant sound” is from 1795.