to make or cause to make a slight, sharp sound, as of glasses striking together
Origin of clinkMiddle English clinken ; from Middle Dutch klinken: origin, originally echoic
- such a sound
Origin of clink< name of an 18th-c. prison in Southwark (London)Informal a jail; prison
A prison or a prison cell; a jail: spent the night in the clink.
Origin of clinkAfter Clink, a district of London famous for its prison.
intr. & tr.v.clinked, clink·ing, clinks
To make or cause to make a light, sharp ringing sound: clinked their wineglasses together in a toast.
A light, sharp ringing sound, as of glass or metal.
Origin of clinkMiddle English clinken, probably from Middle Dutch klinken, of imitative origin.
- (onomatopoeia) The sound of metal on metal, or glass on glass.
- You could hear the clink of the glasses from the next room.
- (slang) Jail or prison, after the Clink prison in Southwark, London. Used in the phrase in the clink.
- If he keeps doing things like that, he’s sure to end up in the clink.
- Stress cracks produced in metal ingots as they cool after being cast.
(third-person singular simple present clinks, present participle clinking, simple past and past participle clinked)