plum·​met | \ ˈplə-mət How to pronounce plummet (audio) \
plummeted; plummeting; plummets

Definition of plummet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to fall perpendicularly birds plummeted down
2 : to drop sharply and abruptly prices plummeted



Definition of plummet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : plumb also : plumb line
2 : an abrupt drop : an instance of plummeting a sharp plummet in prices If in the final week of the season, the Mets were trying to stop a plummet off a cliff, they are now attempting to climb out of a dark, deep abyss …— Judy Battista

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for plummet

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of plummet in a Sentence

Verb The acrobat plummeted into the net. The car plummeted to the bottom of the canyon. The satellite plummeted into the ocean. Stock prices plummeted 40 percent during the scandal. The TV show has plummeted in the ratings. Temperatures are expected to plummet this weekend. The town's population plummets when the students leave for the summer.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though more-infectious coronavirus variants are still an important part of the equation, the Bay Area has seen its case numbers plummet, and most of its counties have left the most restrictive tier of the state’s reopening system. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Miami. Las Vegas. Hawaii. Californians are itching to travel there this summer, but what about COVID?," 12 Mar. 2021 Australia and China have seen relations plummet over a series of trade disputes. Brad Lendon And Selina Wang, CNN, "Quad heads of state to hold first-ever summit this week," 9 Mar. 2021 Myanmar Beer is one of a number of business concerns in the country that are linked to the generals and has seen its sales plummet in the weeks following the coup., "Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action," 6 Mar. 2021 Ever the polarizing figure, Ghannouchi has seen his popularity plummet as his four-decade career in politics winds to a close. Washington Post, "Still making the case for Islam and democracy in a Tunisia battered by crises," 4 Mar. 2021 Savage Race, a small business that organizes obstacle-course races, has seen sales plummet during the coronavirus. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Covid-19 Shopping Makes Card Fees a Bigger Burden for Merchants," 24 Feb. 2021 Networks of all stripes have seen their Nielsen ratings plummet over the past five years as the great shift to streaming disrupted the entire linear TV business. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "What Will TV’s Next Four Years Look Like?," 14 Jan. 2021 Portland, like cities across the country, has seen tourism plummet this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, "Tourists’ views of Portland turn sharply negative, another blow to hospitality industry," 9 Dec. 2020 Obviously, if temperatures plummet to subzero territory in your neck of the woods, opt for something to keep you toasty at night, like flannel or fleece. Erin Parker, Glamour, "15 Best Bed Sheets for a Ridiculously Good Night’s Sleep," 2 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plummet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of plummet


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plummet


Middle English plomet, from Anglo-French plumet, plomet, from plum lead, lead weight — more at plumb

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about plummet

Time Traveler for plummet

Time Traveler

The first known use of plummet was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for plummet

Last Updated

15 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Plummet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for plummet



English Language Learners Definition of plummet

: to fall suddenly straight down especially from a very high place
: to fall or drop suddenly in amount, value, etc.


plum·​met | \ ˈplə-mət How to pronounce plummet (audio) \
plummeted; plummeting

Kids Definition of plummet

: to fall straight down The satellite plummeted toward the ocean.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on plummet

What made you want to look up plummet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!