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clunk

[ kluhngk ]
/ klʌŋk /
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verb (used with or without object)

to hit hard, especially on the head.

noun

a hard hit, especially on the head.
Informal. a stupid person; clunkhead.
Informal. clunker(def 2)

RELATED WORDS

pound, stomp, plod, clomp, thump, thud, clop, tromp, clonk

Nearby words

clumpy, clumsy, clunes, clung, cluniac, clunk, clunker, clunkhead, clunky, cluny, cluny lace

Origin of clunk

1790–1800; imitative; cf. clink1, clank
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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|Robin Givhan|September 26, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • Clunk, klungk, n. the sound of a liquid coming out of a bottle when the cork has been quickly drawn.

  • And suddenly the clungk, clunk—clungk, clunk recommenced and passed onward down the passage.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder|William Hope Hodgson
  • And immediately afterward the clungk, clunk—clungk, clunk of mighty hoofs coming down the passage toward us.

    Carnacki, The Ghost Finder|William Hope Hodgson

British Dictionary definitions for clunk

clunk

/ (klʌŋk) /

noun

a blow or the sound of a blow
a dull metallic sound
a dull or stupid person
mainly Scot
  1. the gurgling sound of a liquid
  2. the sound of a cork being removed from a bottle

verb

to make or cause to make such a sound

Word Origin for clunk

C19: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for clunk

clunk


v.

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