Simple Definition of plunk
: to pull or hit a string or key on a musical instrument with your fingers especially in a way that makes a brief, somewhat harsh sound
: to hit (someone or something) especially with a ball
: to drop or place (something or someone) in a forceful and often careless way
Full Definition of plunk
Examples of plunk
You've been plunking that banjo all afternoon!
She plunked out a little tune on the piano.
plunking away on a guitar
The pitcher plunked the first two batters of the game.
She plunked a mug of coffee on the counter.
Variants of plunk
Origin of plunk
First Known Use: 1805
PLUNK Defined for Kids
Definition of plunk
1 : to lie or sit down suddenly or heavily
2 : to drop or place heavily or carelessly <She plunked her mug on the table.>
3 : to make a sound on (an instrument) by pulling the strings or keys
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