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Syllabification: clink
Pronunciation: /kliNGk
 
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noun

A sharp ringing sound, such as that made when metal or glass are struck: a clink of keys the clink of ice in tall glasses
More example sentences
  • A few coughs and clinks of glass echoed awkwardly throughout the room.
  • Undoubtedly, to the steady clink of glass and ice, the word will pass: he's sound; he's one of us; he's a safe pair of hands.
  • Many clicks and clinks came from the door, and then a grinding noise as it opened on old stone hinges.

verb

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1Make or cause to make a clink: [no object]: his ring clinked against the crystal (as adjective clinking) clinking chains (as noun clinking) the clinking of glasses [with object]: I heard Suzie clink a piece of crockery
More example sentences
  • Above the faint rumble of the air conditioning, their cutlery clinks and clanks, the sound of a knight in full armour.
  • I invested in a snazzy pin-on mic to counter the ambient sound of chattering and clinking china.
  • I went miserably to the living room, flicking blindly through a book as I listened to the sound of running water and clinking china.
Synonyms
ding, ping, jingle, chink, tinkle
1.1 [with object] Strike (a glass or glasses) with another to express friendly feelings toward one’s companions before drinking: she clinked her glass on mine
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  • Alex returns with a bottle of wine and 2 glasses, he fills then to the brim and clinks glasses with you.
  • He taps her glass with a ringing clink and starts to drink the champagne, savoring the taste.
  • She held the beer up like she was going to clink it to mine, but we only had one beer so I put up my fist and she clanked the beer to my fist.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): probably from Middle Dutch klinken.

Words that rhyme with clink

bethink, blink, brink, chink, cinque, dink, drink, fink, Frink, gink, ink, interlink, jink, kink, link, mink, pink, plink, prink, rink, shrink, sink, skink, slink, stink, sync, think, wink, zinc

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clink2

Syllabification: clink
Pronunciation: /kliNGk
 
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noun

[in singular] informal
Prison: he was put in the clink for six days
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  • At the very least, Noah should spend a little time in clink.
  • Griffin offers this advice to other young people who find themselves in the clink: Keep your inmate number to yourself.
  • File swappers face three years in jail for the first offence, and six more years in the clink for repeat offences, thus making criminals out of a large section of the US population.

Origin

early 16th century (originally denoting a prison in Southwark, London): of unknown origin.

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