clinker

1 [kling-ker]
noun
1.
a mass of incombustible matter fused together, as in the burning of coal.
2.
a hard Dutch brick, used especially for paving.
3.
a partially vitrified mass of brick.
4.
the scale of oxide formed on iron during forging.
5.
Geology. a mass of vitrified material ejected from a volcano.
verb (used without object)
6.
to form clinkers in burning.

Origin:
1635–45; < Dutch klinker kind of brick, slag

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clinker

2 [kling-ker]
noun
a person or thing that clinks.

Origin:
1680–90; clink1 + -er1

clinker

3 [kling-ker]
noun Slang.
1.
a wrong note in a musical performance.
2.
any mistake or error.
3.
something that is a failure; a product of inferior quality.
4.
British. someone or something wonderful or exceedingly well-liked.

Origin:
1830–40; special use of clinker2

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clinker (ˈklɪŋkə)
 
n
1.  the ash and partially fused residues from a coal-fired furnace or fire
2.  Also called: clinker brick a hard brick used as a paving stone
3.  a partially vitrified brick or mass of brick
4.  slang chiefly (US) something of poor quality, such as a film
5.  slang (US), (Canadian) a mistake or fault, esp a wrong note in music
 
vb
6.  (intr) to form clinker during burning
 
[C17: from Dutch klinker a type of brick, from obsolete klinckaerd, literally: something that clinks (referring to the sound produced when one was struck), from klinken to clink1]

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clinker
1769, from klincard (1641), a type of paving brick made in Holland, from Du. klinkaerd, from klinken "to ring" (as it does when struck), from M.Du., of imitative origin. The meaning "stupid mistake" is first recorded 1950 in Amer.Eng.; originally (1942) "a wrong note in music."
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clinker definition


  1. n.
    a mistake; (in music) a misplayed note. : Look at the score, man! That series of clinkers just isn't there.
  2. n.
    a worthless person or thing. (From the term for a cinder.) : Ralph has turned out to be a real clinker. We'll have to pink slip him.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Stare long enough at a single sentence, and you'll catch a clinker.
He is still a poet, but now when he comes up with a clinker he can't roll up the paper and throw it away.
Berger has investigated the use of cement clinker aggregate in concrete.
The clinker is then ground into a fine powder and mixed with gypsum and other additives to produce cement.
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