Main definitions of thunk in English

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thunk1

noun & verb

  • informal term for thud
    • ‘It thunks into his chest, and Whitford flips backwards out of his chair and off the edge of the plateau, falling hundreds of feet to the valley floor below.’
    • ‘Two loud thunks announced the arrival of worldly belongings crammed into his bags.’
    • ‘There was a thunk like tightly-wound fist meeting wood.’
    • ‘But the windows were cold and slick, my jacket kept sliding down the glass and my head went with it, landing on the window frame with a thunk.’
    • ‘It was the size of a monkey's fist and flew into the kitchen window with a thunk.’
    • ‘I dropped the pole and it clattered to the pier with a hollow thunk.’
    • ‘The goshawk landed with a thunk and then leapt up to take off, only to bounce straight into the front net.’
    • ‘He walks the field in a circle of death, pumping the lever action with a metal-on-metal thunk after each animal.’
    • ‘I heard the resounding thunk of a gauntlet thrown down, and next thing I knew, I was trying it at home.’
    • ‘After I fell asleep I must have pushed him off the sofa; I heard a thunk!’
    • ‘There's also the satisfying thunk the missiles make when they hit the target, instead of the wall.’
    • ‘The machine emitted a whirring sound, and a few calculated sounding thunks, and then began to run.’
    • ‘There was a whistling sound and a thunk as a small dart-like object pierced the wall.’
    • ‘They clambered in, and the doors closed with satisfying thunks.’
    • ‘There was a loud thunk, and then the sound of metal crunching and screeching.’
    • ‘The thud of more overhead explosions covered the thunk of the boats' front ramps slapping down on the wet sand beneath them.’
    • ‘It skidded across the slick surface and fell off the other side with a sickly thunk.’
    • ‘If it hits the sensor, you're rewarded with the satisfyingly realistic sound of a ball thunking into the bottom of the hole.’
    • ‘A screech like a barn owl and a heavy thunk came from Cecilia and Charlie's bedroom.’
    • ‘He thunked a large fist on the huge engine beside him.’

Pronunciation:

thunk

/THəNGk/

Main definitions of thunk in English

: thunk1thunk2

thunk2

  • ‘who would've thunk it?’
    informal or humorous past and past participle of think

Pronunciation:

thunk

/θəŋk/