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

Definitions of clinking word

  • noun clinking a clinking sound. 1
  • noun clinking Metallurgy. a small crack in a steel ingot resulting from uneven expanding or contracting. 1
  • noun clinking a pointed steel bar for breaking up road surfaces. 1
  • noun clinking Archaic. a rhyme; jingle. 1
  • noun clinking Present participle of clink. 1
  • noun clinking A noise that clinks. 0

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Origin of clinking

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 Clinking


clinking 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.
According to our data about 65% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

clinking usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clinking

noun clinking

  • jingle — to make clinking or tinkling sounds, as do coins, keys, or other light, resonant metal objects when coming into contact or being struck together repeatedly: The keys on his belt jingled as he walked.

adjective clinking

  • jangly — 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.
  • disharmonic — lacking harmony; disharmonious; discordant.
  • cacophonous — If you describe a mixture of sounds as cacophonous, you mean that they are loud and unpleasant.

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