• synonyms


verb (used with or without object)
  1. to hit hard, especially on the head.
  2. clonk(def 2).
Show More
  1. a hard hit, especially on the head.
  2. Informal. a stupid person; clunkhead.
  3. clonk(def 1).
  4. Informal. clunker(def 2)
Show More

Origin of clunk

1790–1800; imitative; cf. clink1, clank
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for clunking

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

Examples from the Web for clunking

Historical Examples of clunking

  • Verdure and a mild heaven are above; clunking frogs and plants that keep company with man are beneath.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864


British Dictionary definitions for clunking


  1. a blow or the sound of a blow
  2. a dull metallic sound
  3. a dull or stupid person
  4. mainly Scot
    1. the gurgling sound of a liquid
    2. the sound of a cork being removed from a bottle
Show More
  1. to make or cause to make such a sound
Show More

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper