a sharp, metallic sound, not so resonant as a clang and shorter in duration
Origin of clanklike Dutch klank, Middle High German klanc, of echoic origin, originally
- to make a clank
- to move with a clank
to cause to clank
A metallic sound, sharp and hard but not resonant: the clank of chains.
intransitive verbclanked, clank·ing, clanks
To make a sharp, hard, metallic sound.
Origin of clankProbably imitative.
(third-person singular simple present clanks, present participle clanking, simple past and past participle clanked)
- (intransitive) To make a clanking sound
- The chains clanked.
- To cause to sound with a clank.
- The prisoners clank their chains.