verb (used without object)
- clinically obese,
Origin of clinker1
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Examples from the Web for clinker
Clinker put us next to that long before we sailed from Frisco.The Mucker|Edgar Rice Burroughs
At sunrise they topped the ridge and took up the lope again toward the headwaters of Clinker Creek.The Heritage of the Hills|Arthur P. Hankins
The labor connected with the feeding of furnaces with coke and cleaning fires from clinker is of a very arduous and heavy nature.
Clinker explained the situation in as few words as his vocabulary would permit.Brother Against Brother|Oliver Optic
I took the advice of counsel with respect to the case of Clinker, in whose favour a lucky incident has intervened.The Expedition of Humphry Clinker|Tobias Smollett
Word Origin for clinker
"mass of slag," 1769, from klincard (1640s), a type of paving brick made in Holland, from Dutch klinkaerd, from klinken "to ring" (as it does when struck), of imitative origin. Also "a clinch-nail;" hence clinker-built (1769). The meaning "stupid mistake" is first recorded 1950 in American English; originally (1942) "a wrong note in music."