EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 Related forms clank·ing·ly, adverb clank·ing·ness, noun clank·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clanked Historical Examples of clanked British Dictionary definitions for clanked noun an abrupt harsh metallic sound verb to make or cause to make such a sound (intr) to move or operate making such a sound Derived Forms clankingly, adverb Word Origin for clank
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clanked v.
1610s, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of
clang (v.) and clink (v.), perhaps from a Low German source (cf. Middle Dutch clank, Dutch klank, Old High German klanc, Middle Low German klank, German Klang). n.
clank (v.). Reduplicated form clankety-clank attested from 1895.
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