[ klangk ]
/ klæŋk /


a sharp, hard, nonresonant sound, like that produced by two pieces of metal striking, one against the other: the clank of chains; the clank of an iron gate slamming shut.

verb (used without object)

to make such a sound.
to move with such sounds: The old jalopy clanked up the hill.

verb (used with object)

to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision: He clanked the shovel against the pail.
to place, put, set, etc., with a clank: to clank the cell door shut.

Origin of clank

First recorded in 1605–15, clank is from the Dutch word klank sound


clank·ing·ly, adverbclank·ing·ness, nounclank·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for clank

/ (klæŋk) /


an abrupt harsh metallic sound


to make or cause to make such a sound
(intr) to move or operate making such a sound

Derived forms of clank

clankingly, adverb

Word Origin for clank

C17: of imitative origin
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