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clank

[klangk] /klæŋk/
noun
1.
a sharp, hard, nonresonant sound, like that produced by two pieces of metal striking, one against the other:
the clank of chains; the clank of an iron gate slamming shut.
verb (used without object)
2.
to make such a sound.
3.
to move with such sounds:
The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision:
He clanked the shovel against the pail.
5.
to place, put, set, etc., with a clank:
to clank the cell door shut.
Origin of clank
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15, clank is from the Dutch word klank sound
Related forms
clankingly, adverb
clankingness, noun
clankless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clank
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  • There was trouble in that place—moaning, splashing, gurgling, and the clank of machinery.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • The clank of the iron chain in the gear told that the cage in the shaft was working.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Behind them now came the clank and thud of a score of overtaking feet.

  • Voices and the clank of chains were heard in the patio, and then in the next room.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The shuffling movement and clank of chains was heard, but she did not turn her head.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The bell was rung violently—every clank sent a pang through her bosom.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • "But not here," he added, hearing the clank of the verger's keys.

  • The groan of breaking hearts is there—The falling lash—the fetter's clank!

    The Liberty Minstrel George W. Clark
  • At a hundred yards I gave the signal, and heard the clank and swish of the discharge.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for clank

clank

/klæŋk/
noun
1.
an abrupt harsh metallic sound
verb
2.
to make or cause to make such a sound
3.
(intransitive) to move or operate making such a sound
Derived Forms
clankingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clank
v.

1610s, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of clang (v.) and clink (v.), perhaps from a Low German source (cf. Middle Dutch clank, Dutch klank, Old High German klanc, Middle Low German klank, German Klang).

n.

1650s, from clank (v.). Reduplicated form clankety-clank attested from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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