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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of spangle.
  • adj. Having spangles

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Adorned with spangles; set with many small bright objects. Compare star-spangled.
  • Having numerous small pointed markings on the wing or body. In spangled pigeons the markings are on the ‘shoulder,’ or bend of the wing; in fowls, such as the spangled Hamburgs, they occur on the body as well. Spangles differ from checkers in being smaller and more numerous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. covered with beads or jewels or sequins


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  • Fanny Assingham might really have been there, at all events, like one of the assistants in the ring at the circus, to keep up the pace of the sleek revolving animal on whose back the lady in short spangled skirts should brilliantly caper and posture.

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  • The angel Gabriel descends from the skies, attended by his ministering angels, all radiant in spangled wings, and deprecates the hard lot of the prophet's offspring; the King of the Gins, or Genii, with his army, appears, and follows the angelic example.

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  • The fish, believed to be a small white type called the spangled perch, are common in northern Australia.

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  • Plus, I always had a problem with the term "spangled" ... don't ask me why.


  • Anyway, I know that about a couple of hours later the tree looked as if it were all kind of spangled with gold like a Christmas tree.

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  • "spangled" or shimmery appearance, most likely due to the reflection of light off the irregular surface of the shaft.

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  • It was spangled with fragments of a transparent material, like shed reptile skin or mica.

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  • And making fun of an audience member's outfit is more likely to make me squirm than laugh, even though I know the audience member was totally unfazed and the whole joke depends on the utter, over-the-top, spangled, eye-aching hideousness of Dame Edna's own costumes.

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  • Wearing a red spangled cape, a silver glove on his right hand and a gold one on his right, he stood with a group of demonstrators outside the court, clutching a "Justice for Michael Jackson" sign.

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  • Captain America was bumped off last year, but now he's slinging his star-spangled shield again good as new.

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  • "The stag party then returned to Wayne’s rented villa before they were expected to set out for another night of excess in the Pacha nightclub. A night earlier his (sic) kicked off the party by informing his pals of his intention to get 'spangled tonight'.

    The phrase is understood to be a Liverpudlian expression for enjoying a heavy night out with copious amounts of alcohol resulting in the inevitable next morning hangover."

    - Christian Gysin and Simon Cable, 'Stag ahoy! Wayne Rooney takes to the high seas in Ibiza after a big night out', Mail Online, 6 June 2008.

    June 8, 2008