v. jan·gled, jan·gling, jan·gles
To make a harsh metallic sound: The spurs jangled noisily.
1. To cause to make a harsh discordant sound.
2. To have an irritating effect on: The racket from the street jangled my nerves.
A harsh metallic sound.
[Middle English janglen, to chatter, from Old French jangler, probably of Germanic origin.]
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