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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klingk]
    • /klɪŋk/
    • /klɪŋk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klingk]
    • /klɪŋk/

Definitions of clink word

  • verb clink If objects made of glass, pottery, or metal clink or if you clink them, they touch each other and make a short, light sound. 3
  • verb clink Clink is also a noun. 3
  • verb clink to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound 3
  • noun clink a light and sharply ringing sound 3
  • noun clink a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired 3
  • intransitive verb clink to make or cause to make a slight, sharp sound, as of glasses striking together 3

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Origin of clink

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English clinken, perhaps < Middle Dutch clinken to sound, ring, resound

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Parts of speech for Clink


clink popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for clink

noun clink

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • clang — When a large metal object clangs, it makes a loud noise.
  • tinkle — to give forth or make a succession of short, light, ringing sounds, as a small bell.
  • tingle — to have a sensation of slight prickles, stings, or tremors, as from cold, a sharp blow, excitement, etc.: I tingle all over.

Top questions with clink

  • what does clink mean?
  • why do we clink glasses?
  • why do we clink glasses and say cheers?
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