- to make or cause to make a light, sharp, ringing sound: The coins clinked together. He clinked the fork against a glass.
- 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.
Origin of clink1
- a prison; jail; lockup.
Origin of clink2
Examples from the Web for clink
You can clink your wine glass and deliver an impassioned speech about conquering the demons that kept you confined in the closet.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
Sannikov and the other opposition candidates are arrested and thrown in the clink, along with thousands of ordinary citizens.The Belarus Free Theatre’s Badass Dissident Artists Get the HBO Treatment
July 7, 2014
The penalty was what Kozlovsky alluded to without knowledge of its origin: 15 days in the clink, plus a fine.Putin’s Police Arrest Pussy Riot Again In Court Crackdown
February 25, 2014
All day long the place rings with the clink of hammers and the clang of metal bars.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Try to remember that name as you curse him out on your way to the clink.Fidel Castro Hates Monopoly & 12 More Reasons to Love It
February 6, 2013
Fists often pounded on the bar, causing the glasses to clink.L'Assommoir
Surely the clink of the iron shoe of a horse on a stone in the road!Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
He heard them even before he had left his bunk—the clink, creak, creak!Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
We find him living on the Bankside and in the Liberty of the Clink at least as early as 1577.
The fact that he was for a time "committed to the Clink" failed to deter him.
- to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound
- a light and sharply ringing sound
- British a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired
- a slang word for prison
Word Origin and History for clink
early 14c., echoic (cf. Dutch klinken, Old High German klingan, German klingen). Related: Clinked; clinking. The noun in the sound sense is from c.1400.
"prison," 1770s, apparently originally (early 16c.) the Clynke on Clink Street in Southwark, on the estate of the bishops of Winchester. To kiss the clink "to be imprisoned" is from 1580s, and the word and the prison name might be cognate derivatives of the sound made by chains or metal locks (see clink (v.)).
"sharp, ringing sound made by collision of sonorous (especially metallic) bodies," c.1400, from clink (v.).