Definition of tonk in English:



[with object]informal
  • 1Hit hard.

    • ‘He tonked the third ball he faced in international cricket into the stands over long-on, and followed that up with a bludgeoned straight drive that gave mid-off no chance.’
    • ‘Next, Afridi swept one powerfully over midwicket, and later in the same tonked one over wide long-on.’
    • ‘Now, however, the first day is actually strokemaking prime-time, with the ball coming nicely onto the bat, begging to be tonked for four.’
    1. 1.1 Defeat heavily; trounce.
      ‘Villa were tonked by local rivals Birmingham City’
      • ‘I certainly got tonked game after game, albeit by a stronger player.’
      • ‘It's all Chelsea at the moment and has been since I said they were going to get tonked.’
      • ‘Birmingham have gone and got tonked by Spurs and that shows you what football is all about at this level.’
      • ‘I decided to have a cup of tea and watch England get tonked by India in the cricket instead.’
      • ‘They began by tonking Ecuador 9-1 and finished by hammering Paraguay 7-0 in the final.’
      • ‘Even if they are tonked, the fixture will gladden hearts in a few towns in Patagonia, where descendants of Welsh settlers still speak Welsh and hold eisteddfods.’
      • ‘After last year's debacle, when she was tonked by little known Jelena Dokic in the first round, the only way is up for Hingis at Wimbledon.’
      • ‘Last year they absolutely tonked us there, 6-2.’
      • ‘While Banstead were being tonked by league leaders Reigate Priory, Cheam also lost to last season's champions Wimbledon to claim the second relegation spot.’
      • ‘Ivory Coast may well tonk Holland today.’
      • ‘England have tonked the West Indies for their first series victory in the Caribbean for 36 years.’


Early 20th century: imitative of the sound of a powerful blow reaching its target.