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twang (n.)

1550s, of imitative origin. Originally the sound of plucked bows and strings; extension to "a nasal vocal sound" is first recorded 1660s. The verb is first attested 1540s. Related: Twanged; twanging.

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Definitions of twang from WordNet
1
twang (v.)
cause to sound with a twang;
He twanged the guitar string
twang (v.)
sound with a twang;
the bowstring was twanging
twang (v.)
twitch or throb with pain;
twang (v.)
pluck (strings of an instrument);
He twanged his bow
twang (v.)
pronounce with a nasal twang;
2
twang (n.)
a sharp vibrating sound (as of a plucked string);
twang (n.)
exaggerated nasality in speech (as in some regional dialects);
Synonyms: nasal twang
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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