When beers in cans or bottles are banged together in rejoice of the company you're with, what is the action called?

  • 4
    a toast? merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toast (noun, definition 3)
    – Hellion
    Mar 12, 2013 at 21:45
  • 1
    Welcome to English Language & Usage. Questions are expected to show considerable evidence of research and be of interest to language experts (professionals and enthusiastic amateurs). There may be some overlap with enthusiastic drinkers, but not necessarily. Thanks.
    – MetaEd
    Mar 13, 2013 at 3:25
  • If it's vigorous enough, it can be called "wrist-drenching."
    – Sven Yargs
    Nov 2, 2017 at 6:47

3 Answers 3


They clinked their bottles. From thefreedictionary:

clink - make a high sound typical of glass; "champagne glasses clinked to make a toast"

Less commonly, they chinked bottles. All variants are often followed by the word together.

Because cans don't really make quite the same sound, I might say clunked or clonked or clanked instead if cans were involved. Those vowels suggest a somewhat lower note when struck together.

EDIT: clanked borrowed from @cynthia-hartwig's deleted answer. Can't think of everything!

  • 1
    Yes. You clink them, or clink them together.
    – MetaEd
    Mar 12, 2013 at 21:51
  • @MετάEd: That would be visible to anyone who looked at the first page of Google Books results in the link, but you're right - I should explicitly mention it. Mar 12, 2013 at 21:54
  • What if you've got shandy in plastic bottles? Mar 12, 2013 at 22:04
  • 1
    @Edwin: Only Billy No Mates drinks shandy in plastic bottles, so the issue doesn't arise! :) Mar 12, 2013 at 22:07
  • @FumbleFingers: indisputable logic. Mar 14, 2013 at 12:11

"They clanked beers" or "They clanked their tankards," along with the following toast:

For every wound, a balm.

For every sorrow, cheer.

For every storm, a calm.

For every thirst, a beer.

  • I swiped "clanked" because the answer was deleted (I don't know why), and thus most people wouldn't be able to see it (you need quite a high rep score on SO to be able to see deleted answers). But it's a perfectly credible usage - witness half-a-dozen written instances of {they} clanked cans {and drank}. So have an upvote in return for my plagiarism! Mar 13, 2013 at 15:29
  • 1
    @FumbleFingers: I'll clank to that....
    – J.R.
    Mar 14, 2013 at 0:30
  • @J.R, Cynthia: chin-chin!. I would have said chink-chink, but I've just discovered from that link it may have a Chinese origin anyway, so I'm leery of pejorative overtones I never previously knew about. Mar 14, 2013 at 0:39
  • 1
    @FumbleFingers chin-chin also happens to be Japanese slang for penis :) Mar 15, 2013 at 4:38

A cheers: "a drinking toast,"


a toast: "The act of raising a glass and drinking in honor of or to the health of a person or thing."

  • Please add the relevant definitions to your answer. Mar 13, 2013 at 4:35

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.