v. twanged, twang·ing, twangs
1. To emit a sharp, vibrating sound, as the string of a musical instrument does when it is plucked.
2. To resound with a sharp, vibrating sound.
3. To speak in a strongly nasal tone of voice.
1. To cause to make a sharp, vibrating sound: twanged the car antenna.
2. To utter with a strongly nasal tone of voice.
1. A sharp, vibrating sound, as that of a plucked string.
2. A strongly nasal tone of voice, especially as a peculiarity of certain regional dialects.
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