clank

verb
\ˈklaŋk \
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

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Other Words from clank

Verb

clankingly \ˈklaŋ-kiŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms for clank

Synonyms: Noun

clang, clangor, clash, whang

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The teddy bears rained down as soon as Shawn O'Donnell's shot clanked in off the post. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Teddy bears rain as Cyclones beat Nailers 4-2," 7 Jan. 2018 But he was trapped by defenders, forcing him to clank a 3-pointer off the side of the backboard. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' frigid shooting in 2nd half leads to loss to San Antonio," 16 Mar. 2018 Against the Golden Knights, Braden Holtby made the stick save of a lifetime to lock up a Game 2 win and opponent James Neal clanked a shot off the post in Game 4, staring at as much net as Tikkanen had 20 years ago. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Stanley Cup run makes up for Capitals' playoff failures," 7 June 2018 The desperate Golden Knights outchanced the Capitals by a wide margin but fell apart after James Neal clanked a shot off the post instead of hitting a wide-open net early in the first period. Stephen Whyno, chicagotribune.com, "Capitals on verge of Stanley Cup after blowing out Golden Knights 6-2," 4 June 2018 Until recently, cleanup equipment clanked and scraped from morning till night. San Francisco Chronicle, "Susan Gorin aches to fast-forward to well past next year — when she once again has a home on what is now an ashy lot.," 5 Apr. 2018 Amid the smells of coffee, clanking of dishes and the crowds of loud tourists, the new ultra-modern buildings stand out from the Old World feel of the neighborhood — although the developments make nods to the neighboorhood’s past. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Inside Little Italy's apartment rush," 18 May 2018 Babies wait for no one, not even a crowd of wellwishers and a massive media mob gathered in the narrow street outside the door, with their whirring cameras and clanking stepladders and shouting and cheering and applauding. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "How does Duchess Kate do it? From giving birth to camera-ready in heels in under 8 hours," 23 Apr. 2018 And Michigan deserves plenty of blame, coming out and clanking so many shots. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Moritz Wagner wouldn't be denied in Final Four win over Loyola," 31 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There is a clank after each pretend coin is dropped and when the child looks inside there is a silver dollar. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Lyons Township English teacher also works as Frankie Ace, a magician and comic," 9 July 2018 After watching his team clank and wheeze in the first half against the Rockets, punctuated by a fumble-finger Green pass to a surprised fan in the third row, Kerr called a timeout. Michael Powell, New York Times, "You Knew the Warriors Were Coming Back. The Rockets Did, Too.," 29 May 2018 If one of those shots clanks off the rim, the Ramblers are, in all likelihood, sitting at home watching a different team from the South Region bask in the national spotlight. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Making the Case For Each Final Four Team to Win the Title," 30 Mar. 2018 The only sound, aside from the squeak and clank of the suspension, is the backup alert. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Electric trucks deliver savings, silence in growing fleet sales," 24 Aug. 2017 There is the sound of rustling, followed by clanks, and then a sustained whoosh of loud, mechanical hissing. Bronwen Dickey, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Kids on the Line," 14 Mar. 2018 The drought has hurt most since 2014, when the Americans blew a 2-0 lead in the gold medal game and had the puck clank off the post, just missing an empty-net goal before Canada tied it with 54.6 seconds left in regulation. Teresa M. Walker, The Seattle Times, "Canada women shooting for 5th straight Olympic hockey gold," 19 Jan. 2018 For someone who’s set off by the tiniest clank of a spoon on a cereal bowl, the jostling drunks and traffic and hype is a special kind of torture. SI.com, "In Oakland, Jon Gruden Is Ready to Grind," 19 Feb. 2018 Somehow, perhaps unnerved by the clanks and clunks, Fanucci had escaped his crate, pulled down the window and leapt out. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Dogged: Badly wrecked, German shepherd shows at Westminster," 11 Feb. 2018

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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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The first known use of clank was in 1656

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More Definitions for clank

clank

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clank

: to make or cause (something) to make the loud, sharp sound of metal hitting against something solid

clank

verb
\ˈklaŋk \
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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