Clinker Definition

klĭngkər
clinkers
noun
clinkers
A hard mass of fused stony matter formed in a furnace, as from impurities in the coal.
Webster's New World
A very hard brick.
Webster's New World
A partially vitrified brick or a mass of bricks fused together.
American Heritage
A mistake or error; often, specif., a misplayed musical note.
Webster's New World
A total failure.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
cinderclinker brick
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verb
To form clinkers in burning.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Clinker

Noun

Singular:
clinker
Plural:
clinkers

Origin of Clinker

  • Obsolete Dutch klinckaerd from Middle Dutch klinken to clink clink1 N., senses 5 and 6, from clink

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch klinkaerd, later klinker, from klinken (“to ring, resound”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From clink +‎ -er.

    From Wiktionary

  • From clincher

    From Wiktionary

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