verb (used without object)
Origin of clinker1
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Related Words for clinkerdiscordant, dissonant, bracelet, cable, ember, soot, noise, upheaval, agitation, tumult, ruckus, uproar, hubbub, buzz, ferment, outcry, brouhaha, dissonance, disharmony, fuss
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Historical Examples of clinker
Clinker perceived the progress he had made, and repined in secret.
The very day after I wrote my last, Clinker was set at liberty.
"Well, we are here," said Artie, after Clinker's wound had been examined and dressed.
Clinker can rouse out every Unionist within two miles of here.
Soon they came in sight of General, Clinker, and one other of the slaves.
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."