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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klangk]
    • /klæŋk/
    • /klæŋk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klangk]
    • /klæŋk/

Definitions of clank word

  • verb clank When large metal objects clank, they make a noise because they are hitting together or hitting against something hard. 3
  • verb clank Clank is also a noun. 3
  • noun clank an abrupt harsh metallic sound 3
  • verb clank to make or cause to make such a sound 3
  • verb clank to move or operate making such a sound 3
  • noun clank a sharp, metallic sound, not so resonant as a clang and shorter in duration 3

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Origin of clank

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
First recorded in 1605-15, clank is from the Dutch word klank sound

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Clank


clank popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clank usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clank

noun clank

  • jangle — to produce a harsh, discordant sound, as two comparatively small, thin, or hollow pieces of metal hitting together: The charms on her bracelet jangle as she moves.
  • clash — When people clash, they fight, argue, or disagree with each other.
  • bang — If something bangs, it makes a sudden loud noise, once or several times.
  • ring — a male given name.
  • bong — A bong is a long, deep sound such as the sound made by a big bell.

verb clank

  • resound — to echo or ring with sound, as a place.
  • toll — the act of tolling a bell.
  • reverberate — to reecho or resound: Her singing reverberated through the house.
  • clang — When a large metal object clangs, it makes a loud noise.
  • soundThe, a strait between SW Sweden and Zealand, connecting the Kattegat and the Baltic. 87 miles (140 km) long; 3–30 miles (5–48 km) wide.

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