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[in singular] An abrupt, heavy sound of impact.
bang, sharp noise, crack, boom, clang, peal, clap, pop, snap, knock, tap, slam, thud, thump, clunk, clonk, clash, crash, smash, smackView synonyms
- ‘She said: ‘I heard this clonk sound and went to investigate.’’
- ‘The weakest element is the soundtrack - rhythmic rattles and plops, clonks, clicks and plonks, with vague background song - rather a letdown.’
- ‘A few seconds later I heard a somewhat loud clonk and then an ‘OW!’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All of a sudden there was a clonk and the housing vibrated - that was the moment I realised I was deep.’
1[no 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.’
- ‘In a flash, he was clonking and bonking away at the keys.’
- ‘He turned and dropped his hooves from off the countertop, and they clonked onto the ground with a hard thud.’
- ‘We were further lulled into peace by the hypnotic clonking of their bells and the heady perfumes of alpine flowers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Muffled noises, clonking footsteps walking down long hallways, I could feel a bright light shining on me.’
2informal [with object] Hit:‘I'll clonk you on the head’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Nick laughed at the Egyptian, who merely clonked him in the head with a thrown brush in response.’
- ‘I picked up a stone and dropped it, realizing I would hurt myself also if I clonked him with it.’
- ‘Yoh suddenly turned and clonked Tembru on the head for that remark.’
- ‘At the last possible second Jay jumped up and clonked the bastard over the head with the carbon dioxide canister of his paintball gun.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: imitative.
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