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clank

[ klangk ]
/ klæŋk /
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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.

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Origin of clank

First recorded in 1605–15, clank is from the Dutch word klank sound
clank·ing·ly, adverbclank·ing·ness, nounclankless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clank

clank
/ (klæŋk) /

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
clankingly, adverb
C17: of imitative origin
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