clanks

clank

[klangk]
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:
1605–15; < Dutch klank sound

clankingly, adverb
clankingness, noun
clankless, adjective
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clank (klæŋk)
 
n
1.  an abrupt harsh metallic sound
 
vb
2.  to make or cause to make such a sound
3.  (intr) to move or operate making such a sound
 
[C17: of imitative origin]
 
'clankingly
 
adv

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clank
1560s as both a verb and noun, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of clang and clink, perhaps from a Low Ger. source (cf. M.Du. clank, M.L.G. klank).
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