noun (1)
clin·ker | \ˈkliŋ-kər \

Definition of clinker 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brick that has been burned too much in the kiln

2 : stony matter fused together : slag


noun (2)
clink·er | \ˈkliŋ-kər \

Definition of clinker (Entry 2 of 2)

1 British : something first-rate

2a : a wrong note

b : a serious mistake or error : boner

c : an utter failure : flop

d : something of poor quality

First Known Use of clinker

Noun (1)

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clinker

Noun (1)

alteration of earlier klincard a hard yellowish Dutch brick

Noun (2)

clink entry 1

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