[klongk, klawngk]


a low, dull sound of impact, as of a heavy object striking against another.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or cause to make such a sound.

Also clunk.

Origin of clonk

First recorded in 1925–30; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clonk



(intr) to make a loud dull thud
(tr) informal to hit


a loud thudding sound

Word Origin for clonk

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clonk

1930, imitative. Related: Clonked; clonking.

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