- an abrupt, dull sound: the thunk of a shutting window.
- to make such a sound: The window thunked shut.
Origin of thunk1
- a simple past tense and past participle of think1.
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Examples from the Web for thunk
“The thunk of each lever was as satisfying as closing the door of a vintage Mercedes,” wrote one.RIP, Lever Voting Machines: Where Did Old Booths Go?
November 10, 2012
“Who would have thunk it,” said Madonna somewhat presciently when discussing her marriage to Guy Ritchie a couple of years ago.Why Madge Got Bored
October 15, 2008
Dasinger was straightening up when he heard the thunk of the wrench.The Star Hyacinths
James H. Schmitz
Let all nature stand hushed and silent while I thunk a think.Frank Merriwell's Triumph
Burt L. Standish
The Hindu boy swung with the flat of his bolo and there was a thunk as he connected.The Golden Skull
"I've bin thinkin' of all them things, and I've thunk 'em out," said Shorty cheerfully.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)
It came down with a satisfying "thunk" on Johnny Simms' head.Operation: Outer Space
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
- informal another word for thud
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Word Origin and History for thunk
sound of impact, attested from 1952, echoic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper