Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A metallic sound, sharp and hard but not resonant.
  • intransitive verb To make a sharp, hard, metallic sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause to sound with a clank: as, to clank chains. See the noun.
  • To give a ringing blow to.
  • To sound with or give out a clank.
  • To deposit, put, place, or set down with a clanking sound.
  • To move with a clanking sound.
  • noun A sharp, hard, metallic sound: as, the clank of chains or fetters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cause to sound with a clank.
  • intransitive verb To sound with a clank.
  • noun A sharp, brief, ringing sound, made by a collision of metallic or other sonorous bodies; -- usually expressing a duller or less resounding sound than clang, and a deeper and stronger sound than clink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A loud, hard sound of metal hitting metal, especially such a repetitive sound.
  • verb intransitive To make a clanking sound

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a loud resonant repeating noise
  • verb make a clank

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably imitative.]

Examples

  • Somewhere in the distance a train was shunting; _clank, clank, clank_ went the wagons.

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • The fact that it lost that high pitched clank is probably due to the fact that the recoil lugs are now mostly seated due to work-lapping and peening.

    A Shovelful of Salt

  • I hear a metallic "clank" as I start to walk across the ramp.

    unclebob Diary Entry

  • Clapping hands, smacking counter tops, stomping shoes on tile-they all have a nice "clank", "thud", or "bom" which delight a curious 13-month-old.

    Charlottesville Blogs

  • It makes such a satisfying "clank" when your vote is cast, like it weighs something.

    The Click Heard Round the World

  • The corridors, she realized, had rubber mats so you could not hear sounds outside your cell, which heightened your surprise and panic when your cell door would clank open.

    Howard Kissel: Eva Zeisel: 1906-2011

  • The corridors, she realized, had rubber mats so you could not hear sounds outside your cell, which heightened your surprise and panic when your cell door would clank open.

    Howard Kissel: Eva Zeisel: 1906-2011

  • The corridors, she realized, had rubber mats so you could not hear sounds outside your cell, which heightened your surprise and panic when your cell door would clank open.

    Howard Kissel: Eva Zeisel: 1906-2011

  • Behind him, Gideon heard the clank of a rifle bolt slamming home.

    Gideon’s war

  • She tossed the iron into the brazier, where it landed with a metallic clank.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

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  • My dead bottle thuds in the bin with the same dull clank

    as the Curfew Bell has in the Garden of Rest at 8.

    - Peter Reading, Curfew, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008

  • Which has more gravitas, or evinces more gravity due to the size or mass of the object making the sound: clink, clank, or clunk? (Cf. dicsusions @ cheese grits - grit-groat-grout)

    September 24, 2009

  • klearly it's klunk!

    September 24, 2009

  • Vot about Kolonel Klink?

    September 24, 2009

  • "I know NUSSINK!"

    September 24, 2009