- 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.
- to make such a sound.
- to move with such sounds: The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for clanked
He clanked and jingled along the streets with a martial swagger.A Set of Six
They were huge, jointed things that clanked when they walked.The Guardians
The way they clanked about in their great boots and spurs got on his nerves.The Rough Road
William John Locke
They had long, banded tails, which clanked and rattled as they moved.The Inca Emerald
They swung their heads from side to side, and one clanked a chain in unison.
- an abrupt harsh metallic sound
- to make or cause to make such a sound
- (intr) to move or operate making such a sound
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clanked
1650s, from clank (v.). Reduplicated form clankety-clank attested from 1895.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper