clink

verb
\ ˈkliŋk How to pronounce clink (audio) \
clinked; clinking; clinks

Definition of clink

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to give out a slight sharp short metallic sound

transitive verb

: to cause to clink

clink

noun (1)

Definition of clink (Entry 2 of 3)

: a clinking sound

clink

noun (2)

Definition of clink (Entry 3 of 3)

1 slang : a prison cell
2 slang : jail, prison

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Synonyms for clink

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (2)

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Examples of clink in a Sentence

Verb When she'd completed the toast, they clinked glasses. coins clinking in his pocket as he traipsed down the street

First Known Use of clink

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clink

Verb

Middle English, of imitative origin

Noun (2)

probably from Clink, a prison in Southwark, London, England

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The first known use of clink was in the 14th century

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Dictionary Entries Near clink

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“Clink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clink. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for clink

clink

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clink

: to make or cause (something) to make a short, sharp sound that is made when glass or metal objects hit each other

clink

verb
\ ˈkliŋk How to pronounce clink (audio) \
clinked; clinking

Kids Definition of clink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make a slight short sound like that of metal being struck The refrigerator door opened and bottles rattled and clinked.— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

clink

noun

Kids Definition of clink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight sharp ringing sound

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