\ˈpläŋk, ˈplȯŋk\

variant of

transitive verb

1 : to pluck or hit so as to produce a quick, hollow, metallic, or harsh sound

2 : to set down suddenly : plump

intransitive verb

1 : to make a plunking sound

2 : to drop abruptly : dive

3 : to come out in favor of someone or something : plump used with for


\ˈpläŋk, ˈplȯŋk\

Definition of plonk (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British

: cheap or inferior wine

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The champagne house opened in 1882, in the Russian River Valley, and has been producing plonk ever since. David Ferry, San Francisco Chronicle, "10 must-do’s in Sonoma County," 19 Apr. 2018 The embargoes have forced producers to make better plonk: European oenophiles are picky. The Economist, "Noroc (cheers) for Moldovan wine," 28 Mar. 2018 Counterfeiters started obtaining empty bottles of expensive wine and filling them with plonk, and even created ersatz wine by mixing sugar water with artificial color and flavor. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "Can Wine Transform China’s Countryside?," 4 Feb. 2013 Developers rip out protective mangrove swamps to plonk hotels by the water’s edge. The Economist, "How the Caribbean should cope with Hurricane Irma," 14 Sep. 2017 Among whites, sauvignon blanc was the star, although chenin blanc, known locally as steen, was by far the most widely planted, having arrived in the 17th century with the earliest Cape settlers, who mainly used it to make cheap plonk and brandy. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Why You Should be Drinking South African Chardonnay," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of plonk


1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plonk


short for earlier plink-plonk, perhaps modification of French vin blanc white wine

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English Language Learners Definition of plonk

: cheap wine that is not of good quality

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evasion of direct action or statement

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