- 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)
- to make such a sound.
- to move with such sounds: The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision: He clanked the shovel against the pail.
- to place, put, set, etc., with a clank: to clank the cell door shut.
- an abrupt harsh metallic sound
- to make or cause to make such a sound
- (intr) to move or operate making such a sound
1610s, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of clank, Dutch klank, Old High German klanc, Middle Low German klank, German Klang).(v.) and (v.), perhaps from a Low German source (cf. Middle Dutch
1650s, from clankety-clank attested from 1895.(v.). Reduplicated form