\ 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



Definition of clank (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp brief metallic ringing sound

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Other Words from clank


clankingly \ ˈklaŋ-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce clankingly (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Okoro then intentionally missed his free throw and South Alabama’s Herb McGee clanked a half-court shot off the backboard at the buzzer. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Isaac Okoro’s game-winner lifts Auburn past South Alabama, 70-69," 13 Nov. 2019 The big gray and red Muni T trains clank over the bridge, and these days crowds walk over the creek on the way home to the new condos and apartments in Mission Bay or to an event at the brand-new Chase Center not far away. Carl Nolte,, "The changed city is sometimes appealing to an old San Franciscan," 28 Sep. 2019 The eerie silence beneath the surface is punctured only by a clanking sound as their spears make an impact. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence," 18 Sep. 2019 So was Con Edison after metal plates on the street came loose during repair work and clanked whenever cars drove over them. New York Times, "New York Is a Noisy City. One Man Got Revenge.," 4 June 2019 Josh Okogie collected it in the corner and threw up a prayer that clanked off the iron as Minnesota fell 100-98 to Denver. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves abysmal from three in overtime loss to Denver," 10 Nov. 2019 The Predators tied it up 12 minutes later with a defenseman Ryan Ellis snapshot from the blue line that clanked off the post and past Francouz. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Avalanche regains offensive mojo in 9-4 victory against Predators," 7 Nov. 2019 Caggiula faked a pass, then fired a shot that deflected off defenseman Ryan Murray’s stick, sailed over Merzlikins’ glove and clanked in off the intersection of the crossbar and right post. Matt Carlson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toews, Lehner lead Blackhawks over Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT," 18 Oct. 2019 This month’s work advances a gearbox rehabilitation project that began in 2017 to repair and refurbish heavy equipment that’s been in service since 1984, on a system that’s clanked along since the 1890s, said SFMTA spokeswoman Erica Kato. Rachel Swan,, "SF’s iconic cable cars will be down for 10 days for gear-box replacement," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Nuggets’ third-year small forward missed all four of his shot attempts from the field in the team’s home debut Friday against the Suns, including three clanks from deep, with an overall minus-13 rating. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Torrey Craig flexes Nuggets’ situational depth with key block to remain unbeaten," 26 Oct. 2019 Choukair and Scarton each went 3 of 5 on field goal attempts, both missing one with a clank off the left post., "Oregon State kicker Jordan Choukair says ‘bring it on’ in regard to additional camp competition: Day 5 recap," 6 Aug. 2019 Here's to hoping for many more sonorous clanks in the future. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Texas Breast Cancer Patient Accidentally Breaks "Cancer-Free" Bell," 22 July 2019 The gym, which used to resonate with the clanks of athletes at weight machines and the thuds of runners on treadmills, felt abandoned, too. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019 Here was a poet of the people for the people, without pretension or pomp, who wrote verse that captured everyday speech, both its fluency and its clank. The New York Review of Books, "Brenda Wineapple," 18 Apr. 2019 Now comes the best part: Breaks in the tree cover reveal views of the mountains and prairies of the Kaibab National Forest and the faint clank and hum of passing trains. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 There are hypnotic mine lamps, the clank of dead souls, the rut of work that doesn’t pay. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 There is a clank after each pretend coin is dropped and when the child looks inside there is a silver dollar. Kimberly Fornek,, "Lyons Township English teacher also works as Frankie Ace, a magician and comic," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of clank


1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clank


probably imitative

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The first known use of clank was in 1656

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12 Dec 2019

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“Clank.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce clank (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clank

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


\ 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.



Kids Definition of clank (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp short ringing sound the clank of chains

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