Definition of clunk in English:

clunk

noun

  • 1A dull sound such as that made by heavy metal objects striking together:

    ‘there was a clunk as the receiver went down’
    • ‘Clunk clunk clunk went the footsteps overhead.’
    • ‘I got in and tried to start the truck, but all I got was a loud clunk from the starter.’
    • ‘He dumped it all on the floor with an assortment of thumps and clunks.’
    • ‘The air around him slowly grew warmer, and he began to hear the heavy clunk and crunch of metal slabs grinding together.’
    • ‘I was skipping down the stairs into the subway as the doors on the train were beeping closed, but suddenly they stopped dead with a clunk, and opened again.’
    • ‘It was silent for a long moment, except for the usual clunk of wagon wheels on the uneven street and the muffled shouts of men calling from their market stalls.’
    • ‘The sound of a clunk hit the door before he opened it and a guy with red hair hobbled in holding his skull.’
    • ‘Something landed with a dull clunk in front her.’
    • ‘Seconds later, I heard a dull clunk as he placed the firewood on the floor.’
    • ‘The pilot walked in after the three clunks had sounded.’
    • ‘Step inside: the doors have the clunk of a well-built car; the seats have lovely back rests.’
    • ‘Until seconds before the reassuring clunk of the landing gear, only the aeroplane's shadow skimming across the murky water is visible immediately below.’
    • ‘A plate sank to the bottom of the sink, where it made a dull clunk.’
    • ‘‘It's him,’ she said crisply setting her bag down on the ground with a heavy clunk as the new binders connected with the ground through the fabric.’
    • ‘‘People have opinions,’ he said, firmly punctuating his remark, bringing his beer mug down on the counter with a clunk.’
    • ‘There followed the sound of a chair falling over and a metallic clunk as an ash tray tumbled to the stone floor.’
    • ‘My heels' sound changed from the dull clunk of shoe on wood to the clipped sharpness of heel on marble.’
    • ‘This method of tuning the pan is what gives it it's ringing quality as opposed to a dull clunk.’
    bang, sharp noise, crack, boom, clang, peal, clap, pop, snap, knock, tap, slam, thud, thump, clunk, clonk, clash, crash, smash, smack
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  • 2US informal A stupid or foolish person:

    ‘don't let her see what a clunk I'm married to’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Move with or make a clunk:

    ‘the machinery clunked into life’
    • ‘While the computer whirred and clunked contentedly doing its defragmentation thing, I settled back in my chair, feet up on the desk, to listen to some Handel.’
    • ‘She followed in her wake, and she could hear the sound of her boots clunking on the ground.’
    • ‘I assume that the reason dentists - and, for all I know, brain surgeons - are clunking around in clogs is because they minimise the harm to their feet from standing up all day.’
    • ‘Mother came clunking up the stairs, and yelled, before she had to open the door.’
    • ‘She heard clunking sounds above her, as if someone were moving around in the hayloft.’
    • ‘Her head clunked back against the post.’
    • ‘He shook his head and almost expected to hear the sound of something clunking around.’
    • ‘Behind me, I heard footsteps, clunking against the black asphalt.’
    • ‘A gentle drumbeat begins clunking out of the speakers, along with a simple, tinny, synthesized melody.’
    • ‘Giving them a moment to embrace, he stepped forward toward them, steel boots clunking against the floor with great dramatic effect.’
    • ‘I received a call from a customer one day asking if his hard drive could be upgraded to a higher gig drive (his old one was clunking and making noise).’
    • ‘The cover had slid closed after that, clunking down securely.’
    • ‘The sound of desks clunking and the shuffling of feet against the linoleum, filled her ears, as she got her materials organized and finally went to the front of the class.’
    • ‘He waved the man off dismissively and we all watched as his car clunked and rattled its way out of the parking lot.’
    • ‘It was so heavy, that when I tried to pick it up, it just clunked onto the ground and wouldn't budge.’
    • ‘And so they walked on, boots clunking on the hollow floor.’
    • ‘It evokes new millennium visions of robots clunking around in factories.’
    • ‘The air conditioner was an old window rattler that continuously clunked, banged and leaked water everywhere.’
    • ‘I could often be found clunking around on the mountain bike, although always on a paved trail or street.’
    • ‘I tried to slow my breathing as I listened to my mother's footsteps clunking up the stairs.’
    jangling, clanging, rattling, clinking, jingling, clunking, clattering
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Origin

Late 18th century (originally Scots, as a verb): imitative; compare with clank, clink, and clonk.

Pronunciation

clunk

/klʌŋk/