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1. A dull sound; a thump.
2. A blow that produces a dull sound.
3. Informal A stupid, dull person.
v. clunked, clunk·ing, clunks
1. To make or move with a clunk.
2. To strike something so as to make a dull sound.
To strike so as to make a dull sound: "Icy weather affected the clock's mechanism and for several hours Big Ben clunked instead of bonged the time changes" (Christian Science Monitor).

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Noun1.clunking - the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
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