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[klangk] /klæŋk/
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)
to make such a sound.
to move with such sounds:
The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
verb (used with object)
to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision:
He clanked the shovel against the pail.
to place, put, set, etc., with a clank:
to clank the cell door shut.
Origin of clank
First recorded in 1605-15, clank is from the Dutch word klank sound
Related forms
clankingly, adverb
clankingness, noun
clankless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for clanked
Historical Examples
  • He came back into the corridor and Dane clanked out in his place, settling himself behind the controls.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • The way they clanked about in their great boots and spurs got on his nerves.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Cyrus did something abstruse to the mechanism, which groaned and clanked itself into stillness.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • He clanked and jingled along the streets with a martial swagger.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The dollar spun upwards, winking, and clanked on the rocks, tails up.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • They swung their heads from side to side, and one clanked a chain in unison.

  • Some clanked with eccentric cams—a jarring rhythm as though the heart of the thing were limping with its beat.

  • He clanked up to the chair and read the word on the placard.

    The Wonder of War on Land Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The windlass clanked for a few moments, stopped, and clanked again; the Enchantress trembled and crept a foot or two ahead.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • Harold clanked around in the other end of the ship and came back.

    First Man Clyde Brown
British Dictionary definitions for clanked


an abrupt harsh metallic sound
to make or cause to make such a sound
(intransitive) to move or operate making such a sound
Derived Forms
clankingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clanked



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).


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clanked



Exhausted; beat, pooped (1960s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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