thunk

\ˈthəŋk \

Definition of thunk 

(Entry 1 of 3)

dialectal past tense and past participle of think

thunk

noun

Definition of thunk (Entry 2 of 3)

: a flat hollow sound

thunk

verb
thunked; thunking; thunks

Definition of thunk (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to produce a flat hollow sound : make a thunk

Examples of thunk in a Sentence

Noun

The book landed on the floor with a thunk.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Office talk died down soon enough, and the only sounds were the wind rippling through still-young corn stalks and the thunk-slide repetition of spades being thrust into dirt. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "In Chesco, volunteer farmers grow food for neighbors in need," 5 June 2018 There is something assuring and memorable about grabbing the large steering wheel, sliding the shifter through its gates, gliding over rough roads and feeling the secure thunk of the doors. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Classic '80s Mercedes models appeal to new generations," 11 May 2018 Anyone mailing multiple letters will no longer hear the satisfying shuffle and thunk of envelopes hitting the pile inside. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The “Cadillac of Mailboxes” Arrives in N.Y.C.," 30 Apr. 2018 Who woulda thunk 10 years ago that the biggest trend maker of our generation would be the eyebrow? Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Fishtail Brows Are the Newest Instagram Trend You Might Actually Like," 20 Feb. 2018 Voices and polka music filter into the cool evening air, punctuated by the dull thunk of boots on wooden steps. Kate Siber, USA TODAY, "Dance hall days: Texas preserves a treasured tradition," 25 Sep. 2017 Hounds bay, horses tumble, and riders hit the ground with spectacular thunks. June Thomas, Slate Magazine, "The Lost City of Z," 13 Apr. 2017 Uncle and nephew bonding over XXXtentacion... who'd a thunk it? Dj Bizzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Those Hip Hop Guys: Being the 'old guy' at the Xxxtentacion show and having a good time," 23 June 2017 Who'd have thunk that this clandestine hideaway buried in the tourist district could be a destination for such a vast array of exotic international wines? Stephanie Citron, baltimoresun.com, "Where to eat and drink in Myrtle Beach," 15 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To put it bluntly: At its best NYFW felt a smidgen like London Fashion Week, and who’d have thunk it? Sally Singer, Vogue, "Runway Diversity and the Rise of the New Guard Were the Big Stories at New York Fashion Week," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of thunk

Noun

1947, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thunk

Noun

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thunk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thunk

: a dull, hollow sound made especially when a heavy object hits something

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