Definition of clonk in English:

clonk

noun

  • An abrupt, heavy sound of impact.

    • ‘The weakest element is the soundtrack - rhythmic rattles and plops, clonks, clicks and plonks, with vague background song - rather a letdown.’
    • ‘It's clearly been in use for some time as you can hear the clonks from the wonky pedal board quite audibly.’
    • ‘There was a clumsy clonk on his door and Malin let Mr. Razors in.’
    • ‘She turned when she heard the bat clonk against the floor, and stared at me through red puffy eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of a sudden there was a clonk and the housing vibrated - that was the moment I realised I was deep.’
    • ‘A few seconds later I heard a somewhat loud clonk and then an ‘OW!’’
    • ‘She said: ‘I heard this clonk sound and went to investigate.’’
    • ‘While not entirely practical for our enclosed winter months, the subtle clonks of natural bamboo can be a calming force come spring.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He turned and dropped his hooves from off the countertop, and they clonked onto the ground with a hard thud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were further lulled into peace by the hypnotic clonking of their bells and the heady perfumes of alpine flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Muffled noises, clonking footsteps walking down long hallways, I could feel a bright light shining on me.’
    thump, clunk, clonk, crash, smash, smack, bang, thunder
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  • 2informal with object Hit.

    ‘I'll clonk you on the head’
    • ‘Yoh suddenly turned and clonked Tembru on the head for that remark.’
    • ‘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 picked up a stone and dropped it, realizing I would hurt myself also if I clonked him with it.’
    • ‘I realized I was thinking about Siesuki and clonked myself on the forehead.’
    • ‘There were several burns on my hand, and a piece of wood had clonked me on the back of the head.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/