- 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)
- 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.
- to move with such sounds: The old truck clanged down the street.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to resound or ring loudly.
- a clanging sound.
- to make or cause to make a loud resounding noise, as metal when struck
- (intr) to move or operate making such a sound
- a resounding metallic noise
- 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.