noun

  • A sharp ringing sound, such as that made when metal or glass are struck.

    ‘a clink of keys’
    ‘the clink of ice in tall glasses’
    • ‘There was just the general clink of silverware meeting china and rattle of cup against saucer.’
    • ‘The telltale clink of tracks heralds the advance of a brigade combat team.’
    • ‘A few coughs and clinks of glass echoed awkwardly throughout the room.’
    • ‘Many clicks and clinks came from the door, and then a grinding noise as it opened on old stone hinges.’
    • ‘There was a clink as some of the coins rattled to its tin floor.’
    • ‘Even the clink of decanter against glass from the editor's office was briefly absent.’
    • ‘Young men were stripped to the waist and fighting to the clink of wagered coins and shouts of encouragement.’
    • ‘The bottles slid down their slots, greeting their brothers with a satisfying clink.’
    • ‘A large click came from inside the door, followed by another short series of clinks and clangs.’
    • ‘I recall the clink as the razor bounced off the sink, and the scarlet drops that followed hitting the cold enamel surface.’
    • ‘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 manacles made an audible clink as they swung back against the wall, and the Knight whirled around.’
    • ‘The apartment was quiet except for the occasional clink of her fork on the plate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The obscenely loud clinks and bangs continued.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One room functions as normal, with jukebox music and the clink of glasses drifting through to where the performance takes place.’
    • ‘She licked the rim for good measure and placed the cup on the table, dropping the spoon in with a clink.’

verb

  • 1Make or cause to make a clink.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

clink

/kliNGk/

noun

informal
  • [in singular] Prison.

    ‘he was put in the clink for six days’
    • ‘A first time offender for a copyright infringement violation could receive five years in the clink and a fine of $250,000.’
    • ‘I think Dr. Mudd has spent enough time in the clink.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It ain't cheap springing two of them from the puppy clink.’
    • ‘Placing it in my hand, I felt the cold clink of coins.’
    • ‘This opening shot sees our young hero in a Jamaican clink in 1802, charged with mutiny and facing the hangman's rope.’
    • ‘Crunch played a pivotal role in the phone underground thirty years ago, and paid for it with two spells in the clink.’
    • ‘Griffin offers this advice to other young people who find themselves in the clink: Keep your inmate number to yourself.’
    • ‘With Kim in the clink and no sign of Foxy's new record, the rap scene is crying out for new femcees.’
    • ‘I glossed over a few tiny details, the ones that could have bought me some 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.’
    • ‘I spent 24 hours in the clink, and ever since I've been seeing ghost faces everywhere.’
    • ‘If Holly ever was stuck in the clink, she'd be in charge in no time flat.’
    • ‘He sympathizes with them on the way to the clink.’
    • ‘At the very least, Noah should spend a little time 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.’
    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

/kliNGk/