early morning clanks

French translation: cliquetis matinal

English term or phrase:early morning clanks
French translation:cliquetis matinal
Entered by: FX Fraipont

12:34 Dec 8, 2017
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English term or phrase: early morning clanks
It is about a given sound, metalic sound actually.
Local time: 19:41
cliquetis matinal
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cliquetis matinal


FX Fraipont
Local time: 19:41
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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agree  Germaine: Cliquetis: Succession de bruits métalliques, secs, brefs, légers et aigus,... - http://www.cnrtl.fr/definition/cliquetis
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agree  Daryo
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fracas matinal

ou tintamarre....

J'imagine un camion poubelle

Laurette Tassin
Local time: 19:41
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench

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neutral  Germaine: Fracas: Bruit résultant d'un choc ou d'une rupture violente. Je pense que c'est un peu trop par rapport à des "clanks".
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  -> effectivement sans plus de contexte il est difficile d'évaluer...

neutral  Daryo: could very well be that - depends on how loud a "clank" is supposed to be ...
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Definition of 'clank'
Word Frequency
(klæŋk )
Word forms: plural, 3rd person singular present tense clanks , present participle clanking , past tense, past participle clanked
When large metal objects clank, they make a noise because they are hitting together or hitting against something hard.
A pan rattled and clanked. [VERB]
'Here we are now,' Beth said, as the train clanked into a tiny station. [VERB preposition]
...the clanking noise of the ferry. [VERB-ing]
Clank is also a noun.
...the clank and rattle of human activity.
COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
Word Frequency
clank in British
(klæŋk )
an abrupt harsh metallic sound
to make or cause to make such a sound
3. (intransitive)
to move or operate making such a sound
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
Derived forms
clankingly (ˈclankingly) adverb
Word origin of 'clank'
C17: of imitative origin
Word Frequency
clank in American
(klæŋk ; klaŋk)
a sharp, metallic sound, not so resonant as a clang and shorter in duration
verb intransitive
to make a clank
to move with a clank
verb transitive
to cause to clank
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Word origin of 'clank'
like Du klank, MHG klanc, of echoic orig.
Example sentences containing 'clank'
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As if in mocking comment, from the town behind came the klaxon of a train, then the rumble and clank of wagons passing over the bridge. Various LOOKING FOR THE SPARK (1977)Beside him was a carelessly loaded dishwasher that was rattling and going clank, clank, clank. Lawson, Jonell ROSES ARE FOR THE RICH (1977)
Mary went to a speaking tube by the lift and, after much rumbling and another clank, a pot of marmalade arrived. Diana Wynne Jones CHARMED LIFE (1977)


Definition of clank
intransitive verb
1 : to make a clank or series of clanks

the radiator hissed and clanked

2 : to go with or as if with a clank

tanks clanking through the streets

transitive verb
: to cause to clank
— clankingly play ˈklaŋ-kiŋ-lē adverb



clank (verb)

clank /ˈklæŋk/ verb
clanks; clanked; clanking
Learner's definition of CLANK
: to make or cause (something) to make the loud, sharp sound of metal hitting against something solid
[no object]

The radiator hissed and clanked.
The empty can clanked along the sidewalk.
the factory's clanking machinery

[+ object]

a ghost clanking its chains

— clank noun, plural clanks [count]
— usually singular

The hammer fell with a clank on the floor.
We heard the clank of chains.

— clanking noun [singular]

We heard the clanking of chains.


Short version:

"clanks" could be sounds from inside (kitchen, bathroom, radiators etc) or from the outside (doors banging, refuse collectors banging bins etc ...) without more context, [or listening to these sounds] no ways of being sure ...

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