Definition of clonk in English:

clonk

noun

  • An abrupt, heavy sound of impact.

    • ‘You both wait, while the metal cools behind you with irregular clicks and clonks.’
    • ‘He wore wooden shoes, that made a clonk and a clank every time he walked.’
    • ‘While not entirely practical for our enclosed winter months, the subtle clonks of natural bamboo can be a calming force come spring.’
    • ‘All of a sudden there was a clonk and the housing vibrated - that was the moment I realised I was deep.’
    • ‘The weakest element is the soundtrack - rhythmic rattles and plops, clonks, clicks and plonks, with vague background song - rather a letdown.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I heard this clonk sound and went to investigate.’’
    • ‘There was a clumsy clonk on his door and Malin let Mr. Razors in.’
    • ‘It's clearly been in use for some time as you can hear the clonks from the wonky pedal board quite audibly.’
    • ‘A few seconds later I heard a somewhat loud clonk and then an ‘OW!’’
    • ‘She turned when she heard the bat clonk against the floor, and stared at me through red puffy eyes.’
    bang, sharp noise, crack, boom, clang, peal, clap, pop, snap, knock, tap, slam, thud, thump, clunk, clash, crash, smash, smack
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verb

  • 1no object Move with or make a clonk.

    ‘the horses clonked and snorted softly’
    • ‘The forward soldiers, deployed in the left and right wings of the courtyard, opened fire at the Allied vehicles that came clonking down the road.’
    • ‘Wobble has a fine traditional singer in Liz Carter, whose cool, clear vocals are bolstered or dissected by his stirring, clonking basslines and dub effects.’
    • ‘We were further lulled into peace by the hypnotic clonking of their bells and the heady perfumes of alpine flowers.’
    • ‘Muffled noises, clonking footsteps walking down long hallways, I could feel a bright light shining on me.’
    • ‘In a flash, he was clonking and bonking away at the keys.’
    • ‘The window must have clonked itself open and shut at least a dozen times before the ‘tchay-kahve’ wake-up call signalled a close of play.’
    • ‘He turned and dropped his hooves from off the countertop, and they clonked onto the ground with a hard thud.’
    thump, clunk, clonk, crash, smash, smack, bang, thunder
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  • 2informal with object Hit.

    ‘I'll clonk you on the head’
    • ‘There were several burns on my hand, and a piece of wood had clonked me on the back of the head.’
    • ‘I picked up a stone and dropped it, realizing I would hurt myself also if I clonked him with it.’
    • ‘At the last possible second Jay jumped up and clonked the bastard over the head with the carbon dioxide canister of his paintball gun.’
    • ‘Nick laughed at the Egyptian, who merely clonked him in the head with a thrown brush in response.’
    • ‘Once the boom mic is out of the way and not likely to clonk me on the head (and it's happened too many times to count), I take a step forward.’
    • ‘I realized I was thinking about Siesuki and clonked myself on the forehead.’
    • ‘Yoh suddenly turned and clonked Tembru on the head for that remark.’
    hit over the head, hit on the head, hit, strike, buffet, bang, knock, thwack, slug, welt, cuff, punch, smash
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Origin

Mid 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

clonk

/klɒŋk/