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[klang-ing] /ˈklæŋ ɪŋ/
a pattern of speech observed in some types of mental illness, as manic disorder, in which associations are based on punning or rhyming.
Origin of clanging
clang- probably < German Klang sound, taken as clang + -ing1


[klang] /klæŋ/
verb (used without object)
to give out a loud, resonant sound, as that produced by a large bell or two heavy pieces of metal striking together:
The bells clanged from the steeples.
to move with such sounds:
The old truck clanged down the street.
verb (used with object)
to cause to resound or ring loudly.
a clanging sound.
1570-80; < Latin clangere to resound, clang
1. clash, din, clank, jangle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for clanging
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  • A silence was upon us save for the clanging in the workshop down the corridor.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • I listened to the piercing voice of her and the roar and the clanging of bells.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • It has the fascination of clanging steel, and the mighty rustling of armour.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • There was blazing of forges and clanging of anvils all through the land.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Heavy iron gates swung open harshly, and closed after us with a clanging, dismal sound.

  • I wish that I might sometimes hear the good, clanging music of weapons at play.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Before long, with a clanging of bells the express puffed out of the station and steamed in the direction of Baltimore.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
  • MacHenery closed, and the two blades met in a clanging opening.

    The Great Potlatch Riots Allen Kim Lang
  • If no man understands the language I am impelled to use, then I am but as a clanging cymbal, making a noise without significance.

  • A clanging bell and the noise of traffic on the quay recalled them to the moment.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
British Dictionary definitions for clanging


to make or cause to make a loud resounding noise, as metal when struck
(intransitive) to move or operate making such a sound
a resounding metallic noise
the harsh cry of certain birds
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clangere
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Word Origin and History for clanging



1570s, echoic (originally of trumpets and birds), akin to or from Latin clangere "resound, ring," and Greek klange "sharp sound," from PIE *klang-, nasalized form of root *kleg- "to cry, sound." Related: Clanged; clanging.


1590s, from clang (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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