verb (used with or without object)
to make or cause to make a light, sharp, ringing sound:
The coins clinked together. He clinked the fork against a glass.
a clinking sound.
Metallurgy. a small crack in a steel ingot resulting from uneven expanding or contracting.
a pointed steel bar for breaking up road surfaces.
Archaic. a rhyme; jingle.
a prison; jail; lockup.
to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound
a light and sharply ringing sound
(Brit) a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired
a slang word for prison
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.
“sharp, ringing sound made by collision of sonorous (especially metallic) bodies,” c.1400, from clink (v.).
“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.)).
A black person; brother (Black)
[kling-ker] /ˈklɪŋ kər/ noun 1. a mass of incombustible matter fused together, as in the burning of coal. 2. a hard Dutch brick, used especially for paving. 3. a partially vitrified mass of brick. 4. the scale of oxide formed on iron during forging. 5. Geology. a mass of vitrified material ejected from a volcano. […]
[kling-ker-bilt] /ˈklɪŋ kərˌbɪlt/ adjective 1. faced or surfaced with boards, plates, etc., each course of which overlaps the one below, lapstrake. 2. Also, clincher-built. Shipbuilding. noting a hull whose shell is formed of planking (clinker planking) or plating (clinker plating) in which each strake overlaps the next one below and is overlapped by the next […]
[kling-ki-tee-klangk] /ˈklɪŋ kɪ tiˈklæŋk/ noun 1. a succession of alternating and clanks: the clinkety-clank of armored vehicles on the rough road.
/ˈklɪŋkˌstəʊn/ noun 1. a variety of phonolite that makes a metallic sound when struck