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clink1

[klingk] /klɪŋk/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or cause to make a light, sharp, ringing sound:
The coins clinked together. He clinked the fork against a glass.
noun
2.
a clinking sound.
3.
Metallurgy. a small crack in a steel ingot resulting from uneven expanding or contracting.
4.
a pointed steel bar for breaking up road surfaces.
5.
Archaic. a rhyme; jingle.
Origin of clink1
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English clinken, perhaps < Middle Dutch clinken to sound, ring, resound

clink2

[klingk] /klɪŋk/
noun, Slang.
1.
a prison; jail; lockup.
Origin
1505-15; after Clink, name of prison in Southwark, London, perhaps < Dutch klink door-latch
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  • Fists often pounded on the bar, causing the glasses to clink.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Surely the clink of the iron shoe of a horse on a stone in the road!

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • He heard them even before he had left his bunk—the clink, creak, creak!

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • We find him living on the Bankside and in the Liberty of the clink at least as early as 1577.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • The fact that he was for a time "committed to the clink" failed to deter him.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for clink

clink1

/klɪŋk/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound
noun
2.
a light and sharply ringing sound
3.
(Brit) a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken; related to Old Low German chlanch, German Klang sound

clink2

/klɪŋk/
noun
1.
a slang word for prison
Word Origin
C16: after Clink, name of a prison in Southwark, London
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Word Origin and History for clink
v.

early 14c., echoic (cf. Dutch klinken, Old High German klingan, German klingen). Related: Clinked; clinking. The noun in the sound sense is from c.1400.

n.2

"prison," 1770s, apparently originally (early 16c.) the Clynke on Clink Street in Southwark, on the estate of the bishops of Winchester. To kiss the clink "to be imprisoned" is from 1580s, and the word and the prison name might be cognate derivatives of the sound made by chains or metal locks (see clink (v.)).

n.1

"sharp, ringing sound made by collision of sonorous (especially metallic) bodies," c.1400, from clink (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for clink

clink

noun

A black person; brother (Black)

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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