clink·​er-built ˈkliŋ-kər-ˌbilt How to pronounce clinker-built (audio)
: having the external planks or plates overlapping like the clapboards on a house

Word History


clinker, noun, clinch

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clinker-built was in 1769

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Cite this Entry

“Clinker-built.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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