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clank

[klangk] /klæŋk/
noun
1.
a sharp, hard, nonresonant sound, like that produced by two pieces of metal striking, one against the other:
the clank of chains; the clank of an iron gate slamming shut.
verb (used without object)
2.
to make such a sound.
3.
to move with such sounds:
The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision:
He clanked the shovel against the pail.
5.
to place, put, set, etc., with a clank:
to clank the cell door shut.
Origin of clank
1605-1615
1605-15; < Dutch klank sound
Related forms
clankingly, adverb
clankingness, noun
clankless, adjective
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  • As they drew near the clank of sabres was heard at the same time.

  • The clank of the iron chain in the gear told that the cage in the shaft was working.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Much ridicule pursued Vimeux in both bureaus when the clank of his spurs resounded in the corridors and on the staircases.

    Bureaucracy Honore de Balzac
  • Behind them now came the clank and thud of a score of overtaking feet.

  • Ere all had mounted, the clank of their weapons had been heard, shouts of "Treason!"

  • The shuffling movement and clank of chains was heard, but she did not turn her head.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • At the clank of spur-chain and rowel Struve came hastily into the hallway from his office.

    The Bells of San Juan Jackson Gregory
  • The bell was rung violently—every clank sent a pang through her bosom.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • I heard the clank of the handle and then the musical rush of water into the pail.

    The Jervaise Comedy J. D. Beresford
British Dictionary definitions for clank

clank

/klæŋk/
noun
1.
an abrupt harsh metallic sound
verb
2.
to make or cause to make such a sound
3.
(intransitive) to move or operate making such a sound
Derived Forms
clankingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clank
v.

1610s, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of clang (v.) and clink (v.), perhaps from a Low German source (cf. Middle Dutch clank, Dutch klank, Old High German klanc, Middle Low German klank, German Klang).

n.

1650s, from clank (v.). Reduplicated form clankety-clank attested from 1895.

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