clanger

noun clang·er \ ˈklaŋ-ər \
Updated on: 5 Mar 2018

Definition of clanger

British
: a conspicuous blunder often used in the phrase drop a clanger

Examples of clanger in a Sentence

  1. They lost the game after a defensive clanger.

  2. a newsreader who memorably dropped a clanger when she referred to Robert Burns as an English poet

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First Known Use of clanger

1948

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Definition of clanger for English Language Learners

  • : a bad and embarrassing mistake


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