- Archaic a very hard brick
- a hard mass of fused stony matter formed in a furnace, as from impurities in the coal
- a mistake or error; often, specif., a misplayed musical note
- a total failure
Origin of clinkerDutch klinker, vitrified brick that clinks when struck from klinckaerd from klinken, to ring
to form clinkers in burning
- The incombustible residue, fused into an irregular lump, that remains after the combustion of coal.
- A partially vitrified brick or a mass of bricks fused together.
- An extremely hard burned brick.
- Vitrified matter expelled by a volcano.
- Slang a. A sour note in a musical performance: hit a clinker.b. A mistake; a blunder.c. Something of inferior quality; a conspicuous failure: a clinker of a show.
- Chiefly British Something admirable or first-rate.
intransitive verbclink·ered, clink·er·ing, clink·ers
To form clinkers in burning.
Origin of clinkerObsolete Dutch klinckaerd from Middle Dutch klinken to clink ; see clink 1. N., senses 5 and 6, from clink 1
- A very hard brick used for paving customarily made in the Netherlands. [from 17th c.]
- A mass of bricks fused together by intense heat. [from 17th c.]
- Slag or ash produced by intense heat in a furnace, kiln or boiler that forms a hard residue upon cooling. [from 18th c.]
- Hardened volcanic lava. [from 19th c.]
- A scum of oxide of iron formed in forging. [from 19th c.]
From Dutch klinkaerd, later klinker, from klinken (“to ring, resound”).
- Someone or something that clinks.
- (in the plural) Fetters.
From clink + -er.