Meaning of tonk in English:


Pronunciation /tɒŋk/


[with object]
  • 1 informal Hit hard.

    • ‘He tonked the third ball he faced in international cricket into the stands over long-on, and followed that up with a bludgeoned straight drive that gave mid-off no chance.’
    • ‘Now, however, the first day is actually strokemaking prime-time, with the ball coming nicely onto the bat, begging to be tonked for four.’
    • ‘Next, Afridi swept one powerfully over midwicket, and later in the same tonked one over wide long-on.’
    1. 1.1Defeat heavily; trounce.
      ‘Villa were tonked by local rivals Birmingham City’
      • ‘Last year they absolutely tonked us there, 6-2.’
      • ‘Birmingham have gone and got tonked by Spurs and that shows you what football is all about at this level.’
      • ‘After last year's debacle, when she was tonked by little known Jelena Dokic in the first round, the only way is up for Hingis at Wimbledon.’
      • ‘England have tonked the West Indies for their first series victory in the Caribbean for 36 years.’
      • ‘They began by tonking Ecuador 9-1 and finished by hammering Paraguay 7-0 in the final.’
      • ‘I decided to have a cup of tea and watch England get tonked by India in the cricket instead.’
      • ‘Even if they are tonked, the fixture will gladden hearts in a few towns in Patagonia, where descendants of Welsh settlers still speak Welsh and hold eisteddfods.’
      • ‘Ivory Coast may well tonk Holland today.’
      • ‘It's all Chelsea at the moment and has been since I said they were going to get tonked.’
      • ‘I certainly got tonked game after game, albeit by a stronger player.’
      • ‘While Banstead were being tonked by league leaders Reigate Priory, Cheam also lost to last season's champions Wimbledon to claim the second relegation spot.’


Early 20th century imitative of the sound of a powerful blow reaching its target.