\ 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 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, "White Bordeaux Wines Are Picking Up Steam. Here’s What You Should Know," 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,, "Forget bottles, cans and boxes: Kegged wine is what's next," 21 June 2019 Of course the magnum (a double-size bottle) must be a wine of quality, not some supersize grocery-store plonk. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wines We’ll Be Drinking in 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 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 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

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plonk

chiefly British, informal : cheap wine that is not of good quality

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