\ 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 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, "Badly timed injuries could continue curse on Twins in playoffs," 27 Sep. 2020 Due to the plane's compact design, the shock absorbers in its retractable landing gear have relatively limited travel so that all but the gentlest touchdowns produce a firm, military-style thunk. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "Living the Top Gun dream, on a budget," 15 June 2020 Sharp impacts still produce the same thunks from the front suspension, and the instrument panel is nearly identical except for some minor trim differences. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Proves That Looks Matter," 4 Mar. 2020 There is the thunk of a bowl filled with schlag landing on a bare wood table when dessert is served, and soon after, the softer tap-tap-tap of waxy chocolate coins in gold foil dropped one at a time on top of the check. New York Times, "Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters.," 29 Oct. 2019 Who woulda thunk that a simple backlink on a website would change the world? Steve Stauss, USA TODAY, "Entrepreneurs, you can do magic: Exploit your difference," 8 Apr. 2019 Then again, by the same mark, the model couldn’t be called under-thunk. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 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,, "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,, "Classic '80s Mercedes models appeal to new generations," 11 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "Hatchet throwing lands in Towson Commons," 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, "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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1947, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Thunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thunk

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

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