- 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.
- to form clinkers in burning.
Origin of clinker1
- a person or thing that clinks.
Origin of clinker2
- a wrong note in a musical performance.
- any mistake or error.
- something that is a failure; a product of inferior quality.
- British. someone or something wonderful or exceedingly well-liked.
Origin of clinker3
Examples from the Web for 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.
- 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
- (intr) to form clinker during burning
Word Origin and History 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."