- to hit hard, especially on the head.
- clonk(def 2).
Origin of clunk
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Examples from the Web for clunk
Embellishments were large and cumbersome—so much so that the dresses seemed to clink and clunk as the models walked the runway.Milan’s Day-Glo Exuberance
September 26, 2011
Clunk, klungk, n. the sound of a liquid coming out of a bottle when the cork has been quickly drawn.
And immediately afterward the clungk, clunk—clungk, clunk of mighty hoofs coming down the passage toward us.
And suddenly the clungk, clunk—clungk, clunk recommenced and passed onward down the passage.
- a blow or the sound of a blow
- a dull metallic sound
- a dull or stupid person
- mainly Scot
- the gurgling sound of a liquid
- the sound of a cork being removed from a bottle
- to make or cause to make such a sound
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clunk
1796, "to make the sound of a cork being pulled from a bottle;" imitative. This was the main sense through most of 19c. Meaning "to hit, strike" is attested from 1940s. Related: Clunked; clunking.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper