from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To emit a sharp, vibrating sound, as the string of a musical instrument does when it is plucked.
  • intransitive v. To resound with a sharp, vibrating sound.
  • intransitive v. To speak in a strongly nasal tone of voice.
  • transitive v. To cause to make a sharp, vibrating sound: twanged the car antenna.
  • transitive v. To utter with a strongly nasal tone of voice.
  • n. A sharp, vibrating sound, as that of a plucked string.
  • n. A strongly nasal tone of voice, especially as a peculiarity of certain regional dialects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An onomatopoeia for the sound of a vibrating string - e.g. of a bow, or a musical instrument.
  • n. A technical term for a particular sharp vibrating sound characteristic of electrical guitars.
  • n. A trace of regional or foreign accent in someone's voice.
  • n. A sound quality that appears in the human voice when the epilaryngeal tube is narrowed.
  • v. To produce a sharp vibrating sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tang. See tang a state.
  • n. A harsh, quick sound, like that made by a stretched string when pulled and suddenly let go.
  • n. An affected modulation of the voice; a kind of nasal sound.
  • intransitive v. To sound with a quick, harsh noise; to make the sound of a tense string pulled and suddenly let go.
  • transitive v. To make to sound, as by pulling a tense string and letting it go suddenly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give out a sharp, metallic ring, as the string of a musical instrument, a bow, etc., when plucked and suddenly set free: said also of other instruments which make a similar sound.
  • To make music on a stringed instrument that is played by plucking or snapping; cause a sharp ringing sound like that of a harp or bowstring: as, to twang on a jews'-harp.
  • To have a nasal sound: said of the human voice; also, to speak with a nasal twang: said of persons.
  • To shoot with a bow; make a shot; hence, figuratively, to surmise; guess.
  • To cause to sound with a short sharp ring; set in quick, resounding vibration, as the tense string of a bow or a musical instrument that is played by plucking: said less frequently of wind-instruments.
  • To sound forth by means of a twanging instrument.
  • To utter with a short, sharp, or nasal sound; specifically, to pronounce with a nasal twang.
  • An exclamation or sound imitative of the twang of a bowstring, harpstring, etc.
  • n. The sound of a tense string set in sudden sharp vibration by plucking; hence, any sharp, ringing musical sound.
  • n. A sharp, ringing nasal tone, especially of the human voice.
  • n. A sharp taste; a disagreeable after-taste or flavor left in the mouth; a tang; a flavor.
  • n. A sharp pull; a sudden pang, a twinge.

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

  • v. sound with a twang
  • v. pluck (strings of an instrument)
  • v. pronounce with a nasal twang
  • v. twitch or throb with pain
  • n. a sharp vibrating sound (as of a plucked string)
  • n. exaggerated nasality in speech (as in some regional dialects)
  • v. cause to sound with a twang


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition



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