\ ˈthəŋk How to pronounce thunk (audio) \

Definition of thunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

dialectal past tense and past participle of think



Definition of thunk (Entry 2 of 3)

: a flat hollow sound


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 In the quiet of evening, after competition has ended, the venue echoes with a scudding sound of practice throws and the heavy thunk of takeouts. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 In today's Scream, all the doors lock shut with a reassuring thunk via smartphone app. Joshua Rothkopf,, 12 Jan. 2022 The pick planted with a reassuring thunk, locking into the ice. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 2 Jan. 2022 The optional self-opening doors welcome the driver with an eerily silent sweep, then seal you in with a gentle thunk. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2021 Would the ratchety ker-thunk of mid-aughts Campagnolo feel like going back to a flip phone? Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 23 May 2021 With two outs and Christian Vazquez at third, Cordero got a high fastball from Michael Wacha and went the other way with it off the wall with a loud thunk., 5 Apr. 2021 Yeek wrote and produced everything himself, favoring thunk-clap drum programming that would fit in a mid-2000s radio hit from Scott Storch. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2021 One of the problems with an empty stadium is that there is little ambient sound to dampen the sickening thunk of a fastball glancing off a batting helmet. Star Tribune, 27 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Designing a new car is the easy bit; building it to scale with doors that thunk nicely is really hard. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2022 With an expert throw — not too hard, not too soft — Bobby Ragot, 22, released a small hatchet, watched it spin and then thunk into a soft pine target. Cody Boteler,, 25 June 2019 To put it bluntly: At its best NYFW felt a smidgen like London Fashion Week, and who’d have thunk it? Sally Singer, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of thunk


1947, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Thunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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