a person or thing that clangs.


    British Slang.
    1. a blunder; faux pas.
    2. drop a clanger,to blunder.

Origin of clanger

First recorded in 1945–50; clang + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of clanger

  • Indeed, it is probable Mr Adams had rescued more than Fanny from the clanger of a rape that evening.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • Fate had raised her son to the summit of earthly grandeur and saved him from every clanger.

  • To add to the clanger, the gratings had been thrown overboard, and there was no way of confining the captives in the hold.

  • But the mother was wise, and aware of the clanger, kept in her own hands the administrating of the medicine.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • An expedition in this direction was, till lately, certain to be attended with no small excitement and clanger.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for clanger



informal a conspicuous mistake (esp in the phrase drop a clanger)
something that clangs or causes a clang

Word Origin for clanger

C20: from clang, referring to a mistake whose effects seem to clang
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