verb (used without object)

to give out a loud, resonant sound, as that produced by a large bell or two heavy pieces of metal striking together: The bells clanged from the steeples.
to move with such sounds: The old truck clanged down the street.

verb (used with object)

to cause to resound or ring loudly.


a clanging sound.

Origin of clang

First recorded in 1570–80, clang is from the Latin word clangere to resound, clang

Synonyms for clang Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clang

Contemporary Examples of clang

Historical Examples of clang

  • He heard the hum and clang of an electric car off through a chestnut grove.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • From sea to sea there was stringing of bows in the cottage and clang of steel in the castle.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And then came the clang of the fire bell, and the waiting ranks were terrified.

  • On a sudden the clang of the new church clock told that the hour had come.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Down at its bottom men shoveling coal to the clang of its gong.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for clang



to make or cause to make a loud resounding noise, as metal when struck
(intr) to move or operate making such a sound


a resounding metallic noise
the harsh cry of certain birds

Word Origin for clang

C16: from Latin clangere
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Word Origin and History for clang

1570s, echoic (originally of trumpets and birds), akin to or from Latin clangere "resound, ring," and Greek klange "sharp sound," from PIE *klang-, nasalized form of root *kleg- "to cry, sound." Related: Clanged; clanging.


1590s, from clang (v.).

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