Pronunciation Noun

clink (plural clinks)

  1. (onomatopoeia) The sound of metal on metal, or glass on glass.
    You could hear the clink of the glasses from the next room.
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V
      When Frere had come down, an hour before, the prisoners were all snugly between their blankets. They were not so now; though, at the first clink of the bolts, they would be back again in their old positions, to all appearances sound asleep.
  • Russian: звон

clink (clinks, present participle clinking; past and past participle clinked)

  1. (ambitransitive) 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.
    The hammers clinked on the stone all night.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Mariana
      The broken sheds look'd sad and strange:
      Unlifted was the clinking latch
  2. (humorous, dated) To rhyme.
  • Russian: бренча́ть

clink (plural clinks)

  1. (slang) A prison.
    If he keeps doing things like that, he’s sure to end up in the clink.
  2. Stress cracks produced in metal ingots as they cool after being cast.
Synonyms Verb

clink (clinches, present participle clinching; past and past participle clinched)

  1. (transitive, Scotland) To clinch; to rivet.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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