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clink

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[klingk]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or cause to make a light, sharp, ringing sound: The coins clinked together. He clinked the fork against a glass.
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noun
  1. a clinking sound.
  2. Metallurgy. a small crack in a steel ingot resulting from uneven expanding or contracting.
  3. a pointed steel bar for breaking up road surfaces.
  4. Archaic. a rhyme; jingle.
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Origin of clink

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1275–1325; Middle English clinken, perhaps < Middle Dutch clinken to sound, ring, resound
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Related Words for clinking

sound, jangle, clang, tinkle, tingle, jingle, chink

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Contemporary Examples of clinking

Historical Examples of clinking

  • From every little niche and corner came the sound of clinking anvils.

  • Then, having filled the glasses to the brim, he insisted on clinking them.

  • As he passed the tea tables he heard the clinking of ice in glasses.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • One heard the clinking of glasses, and the crash of broken bottles.

  • I heard some clinking of glass, and I knew they were drinking.

    The Birthright

    Joseph Hocking


British Dictionary definitions for clinking

clink

1
verb
  1. to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound
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noun
  1. a light and sharply ringing sound
  2. British a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired
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Word Origin for clink

C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken; related to Old Low German chlanch, German Klang sound

clink

2
noun
  1. a slang word for prison
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Word Origin for clink

C16: after Clink, name of a prison in Southwark, London
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Word Origin and History for clinking

clink

v.

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.

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clink

n.2

"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.)).

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clink

n.1

"sharp, ringing sound made by collision of sonorous (especially metallic) bodies," c.1400, from clink (v.).

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