[ kluhngk ]
/ klʌŋk /

verb (used with or without object)

to hit hard, especially on the head.


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


Origin of clunk

1790–1800; imitative; cf. clink1, clank Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clunking

British Dictionary definitions for clunking


/ (klʌŋk) /


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


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 clunking



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