clunk

[kluhngk]
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; imitative; cf. clink1, clank

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clunk (klʌŋk)
 
n
1.  a blow or the sound of a blow
2.  a dull metallic sound
3.  a dull or stupid person
4.  chiefly (Scot)
 a.  the gurgling sound of a liquid
 b.  the sound of a cork being removed from a bottle
 
vb
5.  to make or cause to make such a sound
 
[C19: of imitative origin]

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clunk
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, along with meaning "old worn-out machine."
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When skeletons are meant to tumble out of the family closet, though, they clunk.
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