I. verb Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1796 intransitive verb 1. to make a clunk 2. to hit something with a clunk transitive verb to strike or hit with a clunk II. noun Date: 1823 1. a blow or the sound of a blow ; thump 2. a dull or stupid person

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