noun (1)
clin·​ker | \ ˈkliŋ-kər How to pronounce clinker (audio) \

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 How to pronounce clinker (audio) \

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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“Clinker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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