Definition of clang in English:

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Pronunciation: /klaŋ/


A loud, resonant metallic sound or series of sounds: the steel door slammed shut with a clang
More example sentences
  • At that precise moment, a gong near the entrance way was sounded, the metallic clang echoing around the Great Hall.
  • Metallic clangs sounded as blade met blade, and the cries of the wounded echoed in their ears.
  • The crowd silenced as a loud clang sounded behind the burly man.
reverberation, ringing, ring, ding-dong, bong, peal, chime, toll;
clank, clash, crash, clangour
informal boing


Make or cause to make a clang: [no object]: the bell of a fire engine clanged [with object]: the belfry still clangs its bell at 9 p.m.
More example sentences
  • A heavy door clanged shut behind him and then there was silence.
  • The double doors clanged shut behind me, and I stared in wonder at the sunlight streaming through a wall of windows.
  • As I dragged myself out from underneath him the door clanged shut with such a final note that I felt a shiver go down my spine.
reverberate, resound, ring, bong, peal, chime, toll;
clank, clash, crash
informal boing
rare tang


Late 16th century: imitative, influenced by Latin clangere 'resound'.

Words that rhyme with clang

bang, Battambang, bhang, Da Nang, dang, fang, gang, hang, harangue, kiang, Kuomintang, Kweiyang, Laing, Luang Prabang, meringue, Nanchang, Pahang, pang, parang, Penang, prang, Pyongyang, rang, sang, satang, Shang, shebang, Shenyang, slambang, slang, spang, sprang, Sturm und Drang, tang, thang, trepang, twang, vang, whang, Xizang, yang, Zaozhuang

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