1. a hard hit, especially on the head.
  2. Informal. a stupid person; clunkhead.
  3. clonk(def 1).
  4. Informal. clunker(def 2)

Origin of clunk

1790–1800; imitative; cf. clink1, clank 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

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Historical Examples of clunking

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
  1. to make or cause to make such a sound

Word Origin for clunk

C19: of imitative origin
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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