WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
clink•er1 /ˈklɪŋkɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Mininga mass of matter that cannot be burnt and is fused together, as by the burning of coal.

clink•er3 /ˈklɪŋkɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable] Slang.
  1. Slang Termsa wrong note in a musical performance.
  2. Slang Termsany mistake or error.
  3. Slang Termsa failure;
    a product of inferior quality:The car turned out to be a clinker.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
clink•er1  (klingkər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mininga mass of incombustible matter fused together, as in the burning of coal.
  2. Buildinga hard Dutch brick, used esp. for paving.
  3. Buildinga partially vitrified mass of brick.
  4. the scale of oxide formed on iron during forging.
  5. Geologya mass of vitrified material ejected from a volcano.

v.i. 
  1. Miningto form clinkers in burning.
  • Dutch klinker kind of brick, slag
  • 1635–45

clink•er2  (klingkər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that clinks.
  • clink1 + -er1 1680–90

clink•er3  (klingkər),USA pronunciation n. [Slang.]
  1. Slang Termsa wrong note in a musical performance.
  2. Slang Termsany mistake or error.
  3. Slang Termssomething that is a failure;
    a product of inferior quality.
  4. British Termssomeone or something wonderful or exceedingly well-liked.
  • special use of clinker2 1830–40


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

clinker /ˈklɪŋkə/ n
  1. the ash and partially fused residues from a coal-fired furnace or fire
  2. a partially vitrified brick or mass of brick
  3. slang chiefly US something of poor quality, such as a film
vb
  1. (intransitive) to form clinker during burning
Etymology: 17th Century: from Dutch klinker a type of brick, from obsolete klinckaerd, literally: something that clinks (referring to the sound produced when one was struck), from klinken to clink1



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