Definition of Twang

1. Noun. A sharp vibrating sound (as of a plucked string).

Generic synonyms: Sound



2. Verb. Cause to sound with a twang. "He twanged the guitar string"
Generic synonyms: Sound

3. Noun. Exaggerated nasality in speech (as in some regional dialects).
Exact synonyms: Nasal Twang
Generic synonyms: Nasality

4. Verb. Sound with a twang. "The bowstring was twanging"
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound

5. Verb. Twitch or throb with pain.
Generic synonyms: Throb

6. Verb. Pluck (strings of an instrument). "He twanged his bow"
Generic synonyms: Pick, Pluck, Plunk

7. Verb. Pronounce with a nasal twang.

Definition of Twang

1. n. A tang. See Tang a state.

2. v. i. To sound with a quick, harsh noise; to make the sound of a tense string pulled and suddenly let go; as, the bowstring twanged.

3. v. t. To make to sound, as by pulling a tense string and letting it go suddenly.

4. n. A harsh, quick sound, like that made by a stretched string when pulled and suddenly let go; as, the twang of a bowstring.

Definition of Twang

1. Noun. An onomatopoeia for the sound of a vibrating string - e.g. of a bow, or a musical instrument. ¹

2. Noun. A technical term for a particular sharp vibrating sound characteristic of electrical guitars. ¹

3. Noun. A trace of regional or foreign accent in someone's voice. ¹

4. Noun. A sound quality that appears in the human voice when the epilaryngeal tube is narrowed. ¹

5. Verb. To produce a sharp vibrating sound. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Twang

1. to make a sharp, vibrating sound [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Twang

twaddlier
twaddling
twaddly
twae
twaes
twafald
twagger
twaggers
twain
twain cloud
twains
twaite
twaites
twal
twals
twang (current term)
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twangle
twangled
twangler
twanglers
twangles
twangling

Literary usage of Twang

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Uncle Charlie's Poems: Mirthful and Otherwise by Charles Noel Douglas (1906)
"All Nature would wake, and with me rejoice, twang, twang, twang. ... twang, twang, twang. Oh, list to my pleadings, my soul is on fire, twang, twang, twang. ..."

2. The Squibob Papers by George Horatio Derby (1865)
"twang a diddle, twang a diddle twang a diddle, twang a diddle, twang, twang, twang, Turn!" "Nothin' Shorter" was a " digger ; " So am I, and nothin' shorter ..."

3. Life in Spain: Past and Present by Walter Thornbury (1860)
"Let me give you in rude recitation, with here and there a twang and a caper of the ... (twang-twang.) I begin—here goes. One glass of wine first. ..."

4. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"Tii twang, (twang) t>. o. To make to sound sharply. twang, (twang) n. ». ... twang, (twang) interj. A word marking a quick action, accompanied with a sharp ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... and the lowest sharp key as usually D, in these instruments, according to "short measure." of bristle, giving energy to the twang Ser remembered the ..."

6. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"XVII Miss Lander makes a bust—The twang of his native place —Wholly unlike anybody else—Wise, humorous Sarah Clarke—Back to the Gods and the Fleas—Horace ..."

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