- to make or cause to make a light, sharp, ringing sound: The coins clinked together. He clinked the fork against a glass.
- a clinking sound.
- Metallurgy. a small crack in a steel ingot resulting from uneven expanding or contracting.
- a pointed steel bar for breaking up road surfaces.
- Archaic. a rhyme; jingle.
Origin of clink1
Examples from the Web for clinking
No clinking noise came as the young man dashed on into the next building and up a rear stairway.NYPD’s New Cops Sworn In at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
July 3, 2013
The room exploded with a cacophony of applause and clinking Champagne flutes.Gays Who Don't Want Gay Marriage
February 26, 2011
HBO marketers, one assumes, are clinking glasses with each dispatch.The Next Nerd Obsession
October 21, 2009
From every little niche and corner came the sound of clinking anvils.Opera Stories from Wagner
Then, having filled the glasses to the brim, he insisted on clinking them.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
As he passed the tea tables he heard the clinking of ice in glasses.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
One heard the clinking of glasses, and the crash of broken bottles.Napoleon the Little
I heard some clinking of glass, and I knew they were drinking.The Birthright
- to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound
- a light and sharply ringing sound
- British a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired
- a slang word for prison
Word Origin and History for clinking
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.
"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.)).
"sharp, ringing sound made by collision of sonorous (especially metallic) bodies," c.1400, from clink (v.).