\ ˈpläŋk How to pronounce plonk (audio) , 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 How to pronounce plonk (audio) , ˈplȯŋk \

Definition of plonk (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British
: cheap or inferior wine

Examples of plonk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Grandma drank two glasses of William’s homemade plonk. Miriam Toews, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 It’s almost like discovering how incredible an aged Bordeaux can taste after years of drinking plonk. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 Later, microphones picked up a booming plonk when Cody Parkey’s kick hit the right upright on a point-after attempt. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2020 These whiskey makers churned out dozens of different brands ranging from headache-inducing plonk to venerable greats such as Redbreast and Jameson. Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020 In the 1980s, the Okanagan Valley, which extends about 125 miles north from the border with Washington State, was known for its apple and peach orchards, bargain lakeside beach vacations and wine dismissed by oenophiles as undrinkable plonk. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2020 When dusk would hit, those just off a long day of work could knock on the sturdy wooden shutter and throw down a couple of Florin for a generous pour of family plonk, passed over by a servant on the other side. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Jan. 2020 At that time white grapes made up the majority of the region’s plantings, but most of those were destined for distillation or simple plonk. Fortune, 22 Sep. 2019 Keg wine has a stigma to overcome: the kegging or bagging of wine has long been synonymous with large industrial estates selling their run-off plonk as a cheap addendum. Jordan Michelman,, 21 June 2019 See More

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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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“Plonk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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