Definition of clonk in English:

clonk

noun

  • An abrupt, heavy sound of impact.

    • ‘She said: ‘I heard this clonk sound and went to investigate.’’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While not entirely practical for our enclosed winter months, the subtle clonks of natural bamboo can be a calming force come spring.’
    • ‘You both wait, while the metal cools behind you with irregular clicks and clonks.’
    • ‘She turned when she heard the bat clonk against the floor, and stared at me through red puffy eyes.’
    • ‘The weakest element is the soundtrack - rhythmic rattles and plops, clonks, clicks and plonks, with vague background song - rather a letdown.’
    • ‘He wore wooden shoes, that made a clonk and a clank every time he walked.’
    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.’
    • ‘He turned and dropped his hooves from off the countertop, and they clonked onto the ground with a hard thud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were further lulled into peace by the hypnotic clonking of their bells and the heady perfumes of alpine flowers.’
    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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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/