1. a pattern of speech observed in some types of mental illness, as manic disorder, in which associations are based on punning or rhyming.

verb (used without object)

  1. to give out a loud, resonant sound, as that produced by a large bell or two heavy pieces of metal striking together: The bells clanged from the steeples.
  2. to move with such sounds: The old truck clanged down the street.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to resound or ring loudly.


  1. a clanging sound.


  1. to make or cause to make a loud resounding noise, as metal when struck
  2. (intr) to move or operate making such a sound


  1. a resounding metallic noise
  2. the harsh cry of certain birds

1570s, echoic (originally of trumpets and birds), akin to or from Latin clangere “resound, ring,” and Greek klange “sharp sound,” from PIE *klang-, nasalized form of root *kleg- “to cry, sound.” Related: Clanged; clanging.


1590s, from clang (v.).

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