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/ klæŋk /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM clankclank·ing·ly, adverbclank·ing·ness, nounclankless, adjective
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How to use clank in a sentence
He also has a propensity to use clanking words when he could have used simpler ones.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The decrepit BMD came to a stop with a gear-clanking jolt by the water, and within seconds the soldiers broke out the vodka.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command|Jamie Dettmer|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The clanking of the keys grows fainter and fainter; the sound of footsteps dies away.
Heavy footsteps approach nearer; the clanking of the keys grows more distinct.
In the meanwhile, a mountain locomotive and a train of flat cars came clanking into the station where Weston waited.The Gold Trail|Harold Bindloss
For days and weeks and months they marched along, their chains clanking and their shoulders bending beneath the heavy weight.In Africa|John T. McCutcheon
It resounds with all the doubly loud noises of a half-empty place—with hammering and tacking, clanking buckets, the "Whoas!"Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
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 clankclankingly, adverb
Word Origin for clank
C17: of imitative origin
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