- a low, dull sound of impact, as of a heavy object striking against another.
- to make or cause to make such a sound.
Origin of clonk
First recorded in 1925–30; imitative
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- (intr) to make a loud dull thud
- (tr) informal to hit
- a loud thudding sound
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clonk
1930, imitative. Related: Clonked; clonking.
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