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Twang (noun)

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Twang. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. A sharp quick sound.

    They by the sound and twang of nose,
    If all be sound within, disclose.
    Butler's Hudibras.

    So swells each wind-pipe; ass intones to ass,
    Harmonic twang of leather, horn and brass.

  2. An affected modulation of the voice.

    If he be but a person in vogue with the multitude, he can make popular, rambling, in coherent stuff, seasoned with twang and tautology, pass for high rhetorick. South's Sermons.

    He has such a twang in his discourse, and ungraceful way of speaking thro' his nose, that one can hardly understand him. Arbuthnot.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Pope, Alexander (393) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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