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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 1943 (perhaps a variant of clonk). Related: Clunked; clunking. As a noun, in reference to the cork-pulling sound, by 1823.

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Definitions of clunk from WordNet
1
clunk (v.)
make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground;
Synonyms: clop / clump / plunk
2
clunk (n.)
a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects);
Synonyms: thump / thumping / clump / thud
From wordnet.princeton.edu