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clunk

[kluhngk] /klʌŋk/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to hit hard, especially on the head.
2.
clonk (def 2).
noun
3.
a hard hit, especially on the head.
4.
Informal. a stupid person; clunkhead.
5.
clonk (def 1).
6.
Informal. clunker (def 2)
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; imitative; cf. clink1, clank
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  • When skeletons are meant to tumble out of the family closet, though, they clunk.
British Dictionary definitions for clunk

clunk

/klʌŋk/
noun
1.
a blow or the sound of a blow
2.
a dull metallic sound
3.
a dull or stupid person
4.
(mainly Scot)
  1. the gurgling sound of a liquid
  2. the sound of a cork being removed from a bottle
verb
5.
to make or cause to make such a sound
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clunk
v.

1796, "to make the sound of a cork being pulled from a bottle;" imitative. This was the main sense through most of 19c. Meaning "to hit, strike" is attested from 1940s. Related: Clunked; clunking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for clunk

clunk

noun
  1. : He hit me a good clunk
  2. A stupid person; dupe; cluck: scheming maids who have been working on the poor clunks all spring (1940s+)
  3. An old and worn-out machine, esp a car; clunker: Look at that fuckin' broad in the clunk next to us/ He hauled a junk car on the ice and took bets. This contest was called ''Dunk the Clunk'' (1940s+)
verb
  1. (also clonk) To hit; strike; clock: She clunked him in the teeth (1940s+)
  2. To move awkwardly and slowly: The plot just clunks forward, for two hours and 10 minutes (1970s+)

[probably all based on clunk, ''make a dull sound,'' found by 1796]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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