What does the word twang mean?

Usage examples for twang

  1. At the same instant something sang past my ear like the twang of a Jew's harp, my foot caught in a coil of wire, and I fell headlong. – Leaves from a Field Note-Book by J. H. Morgan
  2. The twang of the rude instrument awoke the pacha, who had been fast asleep for some time. – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  3. A sharp twang followed instantly. – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels