clank

verb
\ ˈklaŋk How to pronounce clank (audio) \
clanked; clanking; clanks

Definition of clank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a clank or series of clanks the radiator hissed and clanked
2 : to go with or as if with a clank tanks clanking through the streets

transitive verb

: to cause to clank

clank

noun

Definition of clank (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp brief metallic ringing sound

Other Words from clank

Verb

clankingly \ ˈklaŋ-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce clank (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for clank

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of clank in a Sentence

Verb The radiator hissed and clanked. The empty can clanked along the sidewalk. a ghost clanking its chains Noun the car is making a funny clank, and this can't be good
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rest of the crew can clank blades and slam battle-axes with their singular opponents on decks all around the ship, but the captains ultimately must face off and take control, one or the other, to conquer it. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 Portland continued to clank shots (10 of 26) while the Hornets went 12 of 20 and made 5 of 10 threes. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2021 If other shots clank like cowbells, though, the flash lacks the type of substance that fuels late-season runs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 First came an error by Walker, who had a ground ball clank off his glove. Arizona Republic, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2021 In addition to missing a 31-yard field-goal attempt, Zuerlein had an extra point clank off the left upright in the second quarter. Fred Goodall, chicagotribune.com, 10 Sep. 2021 In addition to missing a 31-yard field-goal try, Zuerlein had an extra-point attempt clank off the left upright in the second quarter. Fred Goodall, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 He was forced into three saves and saw the ball clank off the underside of his crossbar in the first half. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 13 Aug. 2021 More than a visual puzzle, Mr. Rhoads’s sculptures also have an auditory element, as the balls clank together, roll through springs or metal bowls and trigger levers that ring gongs or plock against a hollow box. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beating drums, berserkers roaring, the howling of wolves, the deep guttural thrum of chanting voices and the clank of steel. Erik Kain, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 With a clank of a switch, Gary Grossman, the artistic director of the Skylight Theater Company in Los Angeles, turned up the lights over the 99 seats of his shoe box of a theater in Los Feliz the other morning. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, 12 July 2021 The same shots that went down in their good times were going clank, clunk, chunk now. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 27 May 2021 The Trojans’ inside-out approach was turned upside-down when their outside shots led to one clank after another. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Although the clank and whir of the underground cable could be heard Saturday morning, Cable Car 26 made its way to Powell Street pulled by a tow truck. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, 26 Sep. 2020 Adding insult to injury were George and Beverley, who among other Clippers on the bench, could be seen laughing and jeering Lillard with every clank his shots took off the rim in the final minutes. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2020 At this instant, the door to the Freuds’ building clanks and the slender, dark-haired girl steps out, stops dead, and stares at Günter. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 At this instant, the door to the Freuds’ building clanks and the slender, dark-haired girl steps out, stops dead, and stares at Günter. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of clank

Verb

1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clank

Verb

probably imitative

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More Definitions for clank

clank

verb
\ ˈklaŋk How to pronounce clank (audio) \
clanked; clanking

Kids Definition of clank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or cause to make a clank or series of clanks The radiator hissed and clanked.
2 : to move with a clank The old pickup clanked down the road.

clank

noun

Kids Definition of clank (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp short ringing sound the clank of chains

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