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  1. a pattern of speech observed in some types of mental illness, as manic disorder, in which associations are based on punning or rhyming.
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Origin of clanging

clang- probably < German Klang sound, taken as clang + -ing1


verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
  2. to move with such sounds: The old truck clanged down the street.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to resound or ring loudly.
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  1. a clanging sound.
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Origin of clang

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


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Historical Examples

  • From below came the clanging of Gaskin's gong announcing dinner.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock

    T. S. Stribling

  • There came a clanging of grapnels on the rail over the crouching defenders.

  • Overhead a bell was clanging by his orders, summoning the chapter.

  • She heard Harry Hagberd say, "Hallo, dad," then a clanging clatter.


    Joseph Conrad

  • She heard above her the clanging at the door of dream as she went with the Older Brother.

British Dictionary definitions for clanging


  1. to make or cause to make a loud resounding noise, as metal when struck
  2. (intr) to move or operate making such a sound
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  1. a resounding metallic noise
  2. the harsh cry of certain birds
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin clangere
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Word Origin and History for clanging



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.

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1590s, from clang (v.).

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