noun

  • A sharp ringing sound, such as that made by striking metal or glass:

    ‘the clink of ice in tall glasses’
    • ‘The rhythmic clink of armor could suddenly be heard through the storm's quieting howl, as if nature itself feared dominance in any way over this being.’
    • ‘I recall the clink as the razor bounced off the sink, and the scarlet drops that followed hitting the cold enamel surface.’
    • ‘Even the clink of decanter against glass from the editor's office was briefly absent.’
    • ‘Many clicks and clinks came from the door, and then a grinding noise as it opened on old stone hinges.’
    • ‘The manacles made an audible clink as they swung back against the wall, and the Knight whirled around.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, to the steady clink of glass and ice, the word will pass: he's sound; he's one of us; he's a safe pair of hands.’
    • ‘A few coughs and clinks of glass echoed awkwardly throughout the room.’
    • ‘With a hollow clink, it once more sat at its customary place, the level of liquid lowered.’
    • ‘John finally asked, setting his cup down with a slight clink onto the saucer.’
    • ‘The apartment was quiet except for the occasional clink of her fork on the plate.’
    • ‘A large click came from inside the door, followed by another short series of clinks and clangs.’
    • ‘The telltale clink of tracks heralds the advance of a brigade combat team.’
    • ‘There was just the general clink of silverware meeting china and rattle of cup against saucer.’
    • ‘The obscenely loud clinks and bangs continued.’
    • ‘She licked the rim for good measure and placed the cup on the table, dropping the spoon in with a clink.’
    • ‘Young men were stripped to the waist and fighting to the clink of wagered coins and shouts of encouragement.’
    • ‘There was a clink as some of the coins rattled to its tin floor.’
    • ‘He folds the newspaper, and takes the coffee cup out of my hand, resting it with a clink on the table in front of us.’
    • ‘One room functions as normal, with jukebox music and the clink of glasses drifting through to where the performance takes place.’
    • ‘The bottles slid down their slots, greeting their brothers with a satisfying clink.’

verb

  • 1Make or cause to make a clink:

    [no object] ‘his ring clinked against the crystal’
    [with object] ‘I heard Suzie clink a piece of crockery’
    ‘clinking chains’
    • ‘The sound of something clinking loudly against metal jolted Chandra out of her thoughts and she looked up quickly.’
    • ‘A thud echoed through the room, and the sound of metal clinking on porcelain could be heard downstairs.’
    • ‘Just to prove it, he's nursing an orange juice as we talk, clinking the ice when he wants to make a point.’
    • ‘I invested in a snazzy pin-on mic to counter the ambient sound of chattering and clinking china.’
    • ‘Soft clinking noises could be heard as the tiny currency strips hit the bottom and continued to fill even after a few minutes.’
    • ‘There was another rustling movement, then a sharp clacking noise, the sound of huge claws clinking against the stone floor.’
    • ‘Your china cup couldn't clink that high D, your shoe wouldn't squeak, you wouldn't be able to utter or hear a sound.’
    • ‘Above the faint rumble of the air conditioning, their cutlery clinks and clanks, the sound of a knight in full armour.’
    • ‘Her concentration was so strong she didn't even hear footsteps and clinking dishes approaching.’
    • ‘I went miserably to the living room, flicking blindly through a book as I listened to the sound of running water and clinking china.’
    • ‘Aside from the light clinking sounds of silverware against expensive china, no one spoke a word.’
    • ‘A loud clinking sound of steel meeting steel rang out throughout the woods and sparks flew from our weapons as they ground against one another.’
    • ‘To avoid bulges or the annoying sound of coins clinking, try to keep your pockets empty.’
    • ‘Just as he put his cup up to the machine, he heard a sound of metal clinking upon metal behind him.’
    • ‘She carried a tray on which clinked an array of small glass bottles, and the look in her lovely brown eyes was one of intelligence and not, for the moment, sly sex.’
    • ‘The belts attached to it make clinking sounds as I walk quickly past the people, my eyes downcast.’
    • ‘Most people come back from Spain with a donkey and a sombrero and clinking carrier bags.’
    • ‘Only the sound of spoons clinking against china could be heard for a few minutes while the huge windows lit the room with no help from artificial light.’
    • ‘A tall, well-muscled and handsome man strode in wearing a heavy cloak, fur-lined boots and clinking chain mail.’
    • ‘With a sinking feeling, she backed up a few more steps, before she heard an ominous sound; armor clinking in the entrance hall.’
    clank, clink, jingle, tinkle, ding, ping, clang, clash, clatter, rattle, vibrate, ring, chime
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    1. 1.1[with object] Strike (one's glass) against another's to express friendly feelings before drinking:
      ‘she clinked her glass against mine’
      • ‘I laughed, clinking my beer bottle against his glass.’
      • ‘Morgan asked me, starting to clink bottles around.’
      • ‘He taps her glass with a ringing clink and starts to drink the champagne, savoring the taste.’
      • ‘In the mean time, Edmund and the guys were at the bar, clinking their beer bottles.’
      • ‘They clinked the elegant crystal glasses together and the whole night consisted of laughs and champagne.’
      • ‘Beneath the thatch we squat in the dust, clink our bottles and drink.’
      • ‘Armando stood up, clinking his bottle against Loren's.’
      • ‘Alex returns with a bottle of wine and 2 glasses, he fills then to the brim and clinks glasses with you.’
      • ‘I hand Milon the shot and clink my bottle against the glass.’
      • ‘‘Cheers,’ I said as we clinked our cans together a dull metallic clank before taking one long chug.’
      • ‘Gary and Tony nodded in respect and clinked their beer bottles together.’
      • ‘Everyone said in agreement clinking their cans with Adia's.’
      • ‘Both Julian and I followed suit, clinking our beer against Blake's.’
      • ‘‘You start drinking that,’ he said, still ignoring Fiona, and clinking her bottle with his.’
      • ‘She held the beer up like she was going to clink it to mine, but we only had one beer so I put up my fist and she clanked the beer to my fist.’
      • ‘They clinked the necks of their beers together and took sips to seal the toast.’
      • ‘Everyone chimed in, and clinked the neck of their bottles together.’
      • ‘The two new buddies smirked and clinked their beer bottles as an odd sort of toast.’
      • ‘The two young men clinked their teacups together, validating their deal.’
      • ‘Instead, guests are enchanted by the sounds of laughter and clinking wine glasses.’

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): probably from Middle Dutch klinken.

Pronunciation:

clink

/klɪŋk/

noun

informal
  • [in singular] Prison:

    ‘some bloke he'd met in clink’
    • ‘The problem is, he's not a very good one, and finds himself in the clink after a botched attempt to steal a car.’
    • ‘It ain't cheap springing two of them from the puppy clink.’
    • ‘With Kim in the clink and no sign of Foxy's new record, the rap scene is crying out for new femcees.’
    • ‘But what's worse is that if such a law were introduced here, YOU might find yourself in the clink simply for venting your frustration at a spammer by sending him a rude email.’
    • ‘Placing it in my hand, I felt the cold clink of coins.’
    • ‘I think Dr. Mudd has spent enough time in the clink.’
    • ‘File swappers face three years in jail for the first offence, and six more years in the clink for repeat offences, thus making criminals out of a large section of the US population.’
    • ‘If Holly ever was stuck in the clink, she'd be in charge in no time flat.’
    • ‘Griffin offers this advice to other young people who find themselves in the clink: Keep your inmate number to yourself.’
    • ‘At the very least, Noah should spend a little time in clink.’
    • ‘I spent 24 hours in the clink, and ever since I've been seeing ghost faces everywhere.’
    • ‘This opening shot sees our young hero in a Jamaican clink in 1802, charged with mutiny and facing the hangman's rope.’
    • ‘He sympathizes with them on the way to the clink.’
    • ‘I glossed over a few tiny details, the ones that could have bought me some time in the clink.’
    • ‘A first time offender for a copyright infringement violation could receive five years in the clink and a fine of $250,000.’
    • ‘Crunch played a pivotal role in the phone underground thirty years ago, and paid for it with two spells in the clink.’
    jail, prison, cell, police cell, place of detention, place of confinement, detention centre
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Origin

Early 16th century (originally denoting a prison in Southwark, London): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

clink

/klɪŋk/