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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To give out a slight, sharp, tinkling sound.
- intransitive v. To rhyme. [Humorous].
- transitive v. To cause to give out a slight, sharp, tinkling, sound, as by striking metallic or other sonorous bodies together.
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
Or, So let the cannikin clink clink … let the cannikin clink!
The producer of an Islamic version of The Jerry Springer Opera would end up in clink - admittedly a better alternative to being dead, which no one can doubt he would be.
It appears eighteen months, an entire family of burglars locked up three times, numerous drug supply convictions and more car thiefs in clink than I can shake a stick at are really not the sort of stats we are looking for.
The coins clink thickly in the bottom of the charitable chapeau.
Marbles, real name Jonathan May-Bowles, was sentenced to six weeks in jail, and his last tweet before heading off to the clink was an "lol" in reply to @hypervocal.
He says his third trip to the clink was the hardest.
Luca, in scarlet coat and cloak, was beneath the big banner at the entrance watching coins clink into the glass pitcher, clink again as they were dropped into the strongbox.
Dr. Talos was holding out his tall hat to the audience, and I heard several coins clink into it.
He began to run, the point of his sheathed sword clink - ing now and again against the stone walls as he rounded the turns in the keep corridors.
I followed him and heard a sword clink under the cloak, and so felt sure it was the man we have been looking for.