from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or cause to make a light, sharp ringing sound: clinked their wineglasses together in a toast.
- n. A light, sharp ringing sound, as of glass or metal.
- n. Slang A prison or a prison cell; a jail: spent the night in the clink.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sound of metal on metal, or glass on glass.
- n. Jail or prison, after the Clink prison in Southwark, London. Used in the phrase in the clink.
- n. Stress cracks produced in metal ingots as they cool after being cast.
- v. To make a clinking sound; to make a sound of metal on metal or glass on glass; to strike materials such as metal or glass against one another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to give out a slight, sharp, tinkling, sound, as by striking metallic or other sonorous bodies together.
- intransitive v. To give out a slight, sharp, tinkling sound.
- intransitive v. To rhyme. [Humorous].
- n. A slight, sharp, tinkling sound, made by the collision of sonorous bodies.
- n. A prison cell; a lockup; -- probably orig. the name of the noted prison in Southwark, England.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ring or jingle; chink; give forth a sharp metallic sound, or a succession of such sounds, as small metallic or other sonorous bodies in collision.
- To cause a clinking sound by striking two objects, as glasses, together.
- To make a jingle; chime.
- To cause to produce a sharp, ringing sound: as, to clink glasses in drinking healths.
- To clench; weld; clasp; seize quickly.
- n. A sharp, ringing sound made by the collision of sonorous (especially metallic) bodies.
- n. A smart stroke.
- n. Money; chink: as, “needfu' clink,”
- n. A latch.
- n. A key.
- n. plural Long iron nails.
- n. The name of a prison or lockup in Southwark, London, often mentioned in the sixteenth century and later.
- n. [lowercase] Any prison.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
- v. make a high sound typical of glass
- v. make or emit a high sound
- n. a short light metallic sound
Middle English clinken, probably from Middle Dutch klinken, of imitative origin.
After Clink, a district of London famous for its prison.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(onomatopoeia), as metal against metal. (Wiktionary)