\ˈpliŋk \
plinked; plinking; plinks

Definition of plink 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a tinkling sound

2 : to shoot at random targets in an informal and noncompetitive manner

transitive verb

1 : to cause to make a tinkling sound

2 : to shoot at especially in a casual manner



Definition of plink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tinkling metallic sound

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plinker noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Water was dripping from a crack in the roof to a bucket below, plinking all night long. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’," 25 June 2018 Agarwal also found that soapy water prevents the air bubble from oscillating well enough for a droplet to plink. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Here’s What Makes a Dripping Faucet Go ‘Plink’," 22 June 2018 Sam humors him, reluctantly plinking out a tune on her keyboard. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "'Hearts Beat Loud' with Nick Offerman is an absolute charm," 14 June 2018 In the dining room, a massive sculpture by Sinisa Kukec resembles two golden raindrops plinking into puddles. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "The Water Will Come, but Not to This Miami Home," 8 May 2018 On the passage along the golden figure’s backside, Thais filed by plinking coins into a row of metal bowls, creating a musical drizzle. New York Times, "Taking to the River in Thailand," 10 Apr. 2018 The rhythmic alt-R&B track features similarly summery instrumentals, plinking beats and bright synths to relay an almost playful vibe. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "iKON Follow Up Success of 'Return' Album With New Single 'Rubber Band'," 9 Mar. 2018 Soft rock instrumentals and plinking digitized beats propel the track, during which Kim Sung Kyu confesses his love to a friend through crisp, clear vocals. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "INFINITE's Kim Sung Kyu Releases First LP '10 Stories': Watch the Music Video for 'True Love'," 27 Feb. 2018 Imagine getting to play pitch-and-putt at Augusta, or plinking grounders from home plate in an empty Yankee Stadium, or excusing yourself from the tour at Churchill Downs to hurl in Eddie Arcaro’s private stall. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2017 Ford GT: A $450,000 Road Rocket That’s Two Cars in One," 6 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The recognizable plink occurs only when a water droplet lands in water; a drop landing on a dry, wooden surface leaves only a dull thud. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Here’s What Makes a Dripping Faucet Go ‘Plink’," 22 June 2018 Researchers have also spent the last century or so trying to figure out how the plink sound is produced. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’," 25 June 2018 In 2017, Agarwal took the question to an undergraduate lab at Cambridge, which used high-speed cameras, an underwater microphone, and a microphone on dry land to capture precisely when and how a falling droplet of water plinks. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Here’s What Makes a Dripping Faucet Go ‘Plink’," 22 June 2018 The first, which is built around Malik’s velvet vocals, a heartrending melody and spare, sonar-plink sonics builds -- and improves -- on his debut album’s sound. Jonathan Ringen, Billboard, "Zayn Opens Up About Conquering Anxiety, Prepping Album No. 2 -- and Why He's Been Living on a Farm," 2 Nov. 2017 Classical music plinks softly from speakers overhead. Emily Anthes, New York Times, "The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of plink


1941, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1916, in the meaning defined above

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