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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 clanking
Historical Examples
  • From morning until night, rush'd down the clanking guillotine.

  • They had wrapped the links of the chain in grass and leaves, so that no clanking was heard.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • A wheezing and coughing and clanking of keys interrupted the proceedings.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Presently there came the gentlest of impacts and then a clanking sound.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Philip could hear no more for the puffing of the steam and the clanking of the chains.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • What care you for the din of factories or the clanking hammers of the foundries?

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • He left the room, and Duvall heard him clanking up the iron staircase.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • Our chains are forged; their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston.

  • It whirred gratefully; the clanking stopped and she tried again.

  • There are shouts of the men, clanking of chains, and puffing of locomotives.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
British Dictionary definitions for clanking

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 clanking

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).

clank

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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