Definition of clunk in English:


Syllabification: clunk
Pronunciation: /kləNGk


  • 1A heavy, dull sound such as that made by thick pieces of metal striking together.
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    • 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.
    • The pilot walked in after the three clunks had sounded.
  • 2US informal A stupid or foolish person.


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  • Move with or make heavy, dull sounds: the machinery clunked into life
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    • 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 shook his head and almost expected to hear the sound of something clunking around.
    • He waved the man off dismissively and we all watched as his car clunked and rattled its way out of the parking lot.


late 18th century (originally Scots, as a verb): imitative; compare with clank, clink1, and clonk.

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