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

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Other Words from clank

Verb

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

Four players, clearly not worried about concussions, clank their helmets together. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "UIW finally has its chance against UTSA," 28 Aug. 2019 Crickets chirp in the silent night as the trailer starts off, building up suspense before ominous footsteps and key-clanking foretell a much-less wholehearted summer night. Anna Tingley, chicagotribune.com, "‘American Horror Story: 1984’: Summer camp gets deadly in first trailer," 26 Aug. 2019 Fembots constantly clank across our screens, in movies as tonally distinct as Austin Powers, Ex Machina, and Alita: Battle Angel. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "You Are Already Having Sex With Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 As Jayson Tatum clanked midrange jumpers and Gordon Hayward limped through his return to the floor, Irving remained the team’s offensive catalyst. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Why We Shouldn't Underestimate Kyrie and the Nets This Year," 5 Aug. 2019 As is often the case with these movies, a smaller, livelier entertainment is nested inside the roaring, clanking digital machinery. New York Times, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Is the Latest Iron Man Movie," 27 June 2019 Seattle's defensive ineptitude gave Milwaukee its only lead of the game in the first when, after a two-out double by Braun off Marco Gonzales, third baseman Kyle Seager clanked a routine ground ball off the bat of Mike Moustakas. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mariners 8, Brewers 3: More struggles for Zach Davies, and against the American League," 25 June 2019 Perdomo tip-toed through his windup, lobbed a ball to the plate and watched as his pitch clanked off the top of Pillar’s left cleat. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Pillar’s bizarre hit by pitch fuels four-run rally, Giants break out the brooms in San Diego," 3 July 2019 The Holy Bible, by contrast, sounded harsh and claustrophobic; listening to it felt like being trapped in the bowels of a giant machine, surrounded by clanking pistons and rattling rivets and vats of bubbling oil. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Choukair and Scarton each went 3 of 5 on field goal attempts, both missing one with a clank off the left post. oregonlive.com, "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, 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

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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 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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