\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging; clangs

Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a loud metallic ringing sound anvils clanged
b : to go with a clang
2 : to utter the characteristic harsh cry of a bird

transitive verb

: to cause to clang clang a bell



Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud ringing metallic sound the clang of a fire alarm
2 : a harsh cry of a bird (such as a crane or goose)

Synonyms for clang

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of clang in a Sentence

Verb His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut. Noun the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kiké Hernández would later clang yet another ball off the wall in back of the Crawford Boxes, his fifth home run in five games, tying franchise legend David Ortiz (and Todd Walker) for most homers in a Red Sox postseason. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021 Off the free kick, a pair of Mavs players had an open look at the net only to have their shots clang off the post and go wide. Eric Bem,, 15 Sep. 2021 Whenever a family member died, pots and pans would clang in the kitchen, Lisa recalled., 17 May 2021 In a span of four minutes in the middle stages of the second half against Centennial, the Mustangs had three shots clang off a goal post. Brent Kennedy,, 16 Apr. 2021 Less than three minutes into his Warriors debut Saturday night, forward Andrew Wiggins dribbled around a screen, stepped in front of the 3-point arc and, with JaVale McGee’s hand in his face, clanged a long jumper off the back of the rim. Connor Letourneau,, 8 Feb. 2020 As Jones was coming down, UTSA’s Byron Frohnen put an arm in his chest and bumped his hip, leading to a foul call as the ball clanged off the back of the rim. Greg Luca,, 1 Feb. 2020 The front man Johnny Rotten would hang off the mic stand like a licentious scarecrow; the new bassist Sid Vicious, his long limbs clanging, was an icon continually in the process of dismantling itself—a human Jean Tinguely sculpture. James Parker, The Atlantic, 6 Mar. 2020 Caught out of position after the puck clanged off the post, Fleury dove back toward the net and snared Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nic Petan's shot to thwart a certain goal. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The clang of the battle rifle gives each shot real weight and power. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 During our interview in the courtyard of his building, the metallic clang of construction and bleating trucks often drowned out speech. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 The clang of the thermos sounded like a bell ringing, the pour of the coffee like a refined stream compared to the rough and dirty water draining around us. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 One inmate wistfully recalls looking up at the stars and falling asleep without hearing the clang of metal bars locking. Thomas Page, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 His dread of the software only increased after he was kicked out of an exam when a roommate dropped a pot in the kitchen, making a clang that rang through their apartment. Nora Caplan-bricker, The New Yorker, 27 May 2021 The sweet clang of scattering pins echoed through Western Bowl, a cavernous 68-lane bowling alley on the edge of Cincinnati. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, 27 May 2021 Hatch also offers four traditional alarms, including a retro clang, a beep beep and an old pendulum clock. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, 17 Mar. 2021 Or that names be dropped with quite so resounding a clang? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of clang


1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clang


Latin clangere; akin to Greek klazein to scream, bark, Old English hliehhan to laugh

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“Clang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of clang

: to make or cause (something) to make the loud, ringing sound of metal hitting against something


\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging

Kids Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make the loud ringing sound of metal hitting something The pots clanged together.



Kids Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud ringing sound like that made by pieces of metal striking together

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