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clinker

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[ kling-ker ]
/ ˈklɪŋ kər /
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noun Slang.
any mistake or error.
something that is a failure; a product of inferior quality.
a wrong note in a musical performance.
British. someone or something wonderful or exceedingly well-liked.
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Origin of clinker

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First recorded in 1830–40; special use of clinker2

Other definitions for clinker (2 of 3)

clinker2
[ kling-ker ]
/ ˈklɪŋ kər /

noun
a person or thing that clinks.

Origin of clinker

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First recorded in 1680–90; clink1 + -er1

Other definitions for clinker (3 of 3)

clinker3
[ kling-ker ]
/ ˈklɪŋ kər /

noun
a mass of incombustible matter fused together, as in the burning of coal.
a hard Dutch brick, used especially for paving.
a partially vitrified mass of brick.
the scale of oxide formed on iron during forging.
Geology. a mass of vitrified material ejected from a volcano.
verb (used without object)
to form clinkers in burning.

Origin of clinker

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First recorded in 1635–45; from Dutch klinker (formerly klinkaerd ) “slag”; also a kind of brick, derivative of klinken, clinken “to clink” (from the sound the material makes when struck)
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British Dictionary definitions for clinker

clinker
/ (ˈklɪŋkə) /

noun
the ash and partially fused residues from a coal-fired furnace or fire
Also called: clinker brick a hard brick used as a paving stone
a partially vitrified brick or mass of brick
slang, mainly US something of poor quality, such as a film
US and Canadian slang a mistake or fault, esp a wrong note in music
verb
(intr) to form clinker during burning

Word Origin for clinker

C17: from Dutch klinker a type of brick, from obsolete klinckaerd, literally: something that clinks (referring to the sound produced when one was struck), from klinken to clink 1
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