Definition of clank in English:



  • A loud, sharp sound or series of sounds, as is made by pieces of metal being struck together.

    ‘the groan and clank of a winch’
    • ‘A loud clank came from outside her door and they both stopped to listen, but no other sound made it to them.’
    • ‘A small clank sounded and David looked down to see Julia rise with an old fashioned gold key.’
    • ‘A loud clank echoed out and Tsuko was thrown off balance.’
    • ‘With a loud clank, Pat dumped the money into the rusted box beside him.’
    • ‘The sand disappeared in a giant ‘whoosh’ and the empty hemispherical sections returned together with a sharp clank.’
    • ‘The clank of cutlery was loud against the plate as Kaethe set them down and cleared her throat, smiling a little too brightly.’
    • ‘There was a sharp clank of silverware hitting the plate.’
    • ‘Adrienne let go of her sword, which landed with a loud clank.’
    • ‘He heard the sounds of parts being welded and riveted together, and the clank of titanium against steel.’
    • ‘There was a loud clank as the metal hit concrete.’
    • ‘With a series of sharp metal clanks from each of the twelve locks the gateway swung open quietly on well oiled hinges to allow the travelers passage.’
    • ‘The sound of booted feet was punctuated by the occasional clank of metal and soft, guttural voices.’
    • ‘Locking his own door securely, he moved to the green safe sitting in the corner of the room and opened it with a loud clank.’
    • ‘The clank of metal against metal filled the room.’
    • ‘Her mother screeched and sat up abruptly, having the chair topple down onto the floor in a loud clank of noises.’
    • ‘Pavel drained his glass, set it on the table with a loud clank, and leaned back in his chair.’
    • ‘It sounded like a clank of metal and some scratching.’
    • ‘I listened again and heard a horse, then the clank of metal.’
    • ‘The talk died away gradually until the only sound was the clank of the dishes.’
    • ‘The last thing he remembered was a loud clank against his head… and then waking up in the backseat of a dingy car.’
    jangling, clanging, rattling, clinking, jingling, clunking, clattering
    clang, jangle, rattle, clangour, clink, jingle, clunk, clatter
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  • Make or cause to make a clank.

    [no object] ‘I could hear the chain clanking’
    [with object] ‘he clanked his heavy ring of keys’
    • ‘The girl talked, he talked, the radiator clanked.’
    • ‘He raced towards the lake, his feet clanking on the tin roof, her own footsteps a bit louder behind him.’
    • ‘Gustav spoke, his voice fading and his armor clanking as he moved away.’
    • ‘His heavy plate armour clanked as he waved his shield arm and brandished a huge spiked mace.’
    • ‘I haven't seen anyone wearing cowboy hats or heard any spurs clanking.’
    • ‘She fidgets throughout our chat, clanking a spoon on the table, tearing at the sauce sachets.’
    • ‘Abbadon steered himself through the maze-like tower, his heavy boots clanking with each step.’
    • ‘They got off the bus and were led, leg chains clanking and dragging on the cobbles as they shuffled along, following the warder.’
    • ‘I walked over to him, my spurs clanking on the concrete platform and tipped the brim of my hat to him.’
    • ‘Then she led him down the hallway, his suit of armor clanking in rhythm with his steps.’
    • ‘We headed over to where activity had been sighted, our heavy armor clanking ridiculously.’
    • ‘So if you see me driving round in a big, clanking heavy old thing, you will know that I got it right and chose the car.’
    • ‘Hoyt's armor clinked and clanked with each step he took.’
    • ‘He laughed long and hard, bent over his knees, his armor jangling and clanking as his empty chest heaved.’
    • ‘We had no air conditioning in the warm months and clanking radiators in the winter.’
    • ‘Less than a second later, the chains clanked against the wall.’
    • ‘He clanked his chains, hoping someone on the floors above him would hear.’
    • ‘Evan also clanked his chains as he shrugged and slouched further down in his seat, staring at his scarred wrists.’
    • ‘The fork clanked against her plate loudly.’
    • ‘Ryan abruptly hung up the phone, the old receiver clanking heavily into the set.’
    jangle, rattle, clink, clang, jingle, clunk, clatter
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Late Middle English (but rare before the mid 17th century): imitative.