Definition of clank in English:


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Pronunciation: /klaŋk


A loud, sharp sound or series of sounds, as is made by pieces of metal being struck together: the groan and clank of a winch
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  • With a series of sharp metal clanks from each of the twelve locks the gateway swung open quietly on well oiled hinges to allow the travelers passage.
  • There was a loud clank as the metal hit concrete.
  • The sand disappeared in a giant ‘whoosh’ and the empty hemispherical sections returned together with a sharp clank.


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Make or cause to make a clank: [no object]: I could hear the chain clanking [with object]: he clanked his heavy ring of keys
More example sentences
  • So if you see me driving round in a big, clanking heavy old thing, you will know that I got it right and chose the car.
  • They got off the bus and were led, leg chains clanking and dragging on the cobbles as they shuffled along, following the warder.
  • Less than a second later, the chains clanked against the wall.


late Middle English (but rare before the mid 17th century): imitative.

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