clink

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[ klingk ]
/ klɪŋk /
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verb (used with or without object)

to make or cause to make a light, sharp, ringing sound: The coins clinked together. He clinked the fork against a glass.

noun

a clinking sound.
Metallurgy. a small crack in a steel ingot resulting from uneven expanding or contracting.
a pointed steel bar for breaking up road surfaces.
Archaic. a rhyme; jingle.

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Origin of clink

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1275–1325; Middle English clinken, perhaps <Middle Dutch clinken to sound, ring, resound

Definition for clink (2 of 2)

clink2
[ klingk ]
/ klɪŋk /

noun Slang.

a prison; jail; lockup.

Origin of clink

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1505–15; after Clink, name of prison in Southwark, London, perhaps <Dutch klink door-latch
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British Dictionary definitions for clink (1 of 2)

clink1
/ (klɪŋk) /

verb

to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound

noun

a light and sharply ringing sound
British a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired

Word Origin for clink

C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken; related to Old Low German chlanch, German Klang sound

British Dictionary definitions for clink (2 of 2)

clink2
/ (klɪŋk) /

noun

a slang word for prison

Word Origin for clink

C16: after Clink, name of a prison in Southwark, London
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