\ ˈpləŋk \
variants: or \ˈpläŋk, ˈplȯŋk \
plunked or plonked; plunking or plonking; plunks or plonks

Definition of plunk 

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

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Other words from plunk

plunk noun
plunker noun

Synonyms for plunk


flop, flump, plank, plop, plump

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Examples of plunk in a Sentence

You've been plunking that banjo all afternoon! She plunked out a little tune on the piano. plunking away on a guitar The pitcher plunked the first two batters of the game. She plunked a mug of coffee on the counter.
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The right-hander opened up the game by hitting the first batter and then plunked another Hawk in the third. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There was another no-hitter thrown at Miller Park. It still wasn't in a game involving the Brewers.," 7 June 2018 Key Republicans also wanted to ensure a continuation of at least $300 million the Seminoles now plunk into state coffers. Dara Kam,, "Gambling rule targets controversial card games," 8 May 2018 The stretch of 11 straight batters retired ended when Sanders plunked Javeyan Williams in the fifth. Andrew Lopez,, "Strong start by Cam Sanders leads LSU baseball to win over Southern," 6 Mar. 2018 McCarthy entered with David Fletcher on first base and no outs in the eighth after Tim Hill plunked Fletcher. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Brad Keller's best outing of rookie year provides Royals a respite from brutal June," 25 June 2018 Gomez then took two pitches and fouled off one before getting plunked to load the bases. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Kevin Gausman's two-strike struggles lead to his shortest outing of season," 27 May 2018 Culinary connoisseurs travel from across the U.S. to plunk themselves down on spinning stools in a converted Fountain Square garage and commend their morning into Milktooth chef Jonathan Brooks’s masterful hands. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 The Catholic League MVP scored 36 runs and was plunked nine times. Jim Derry,, "Cade Beloso of John Curtis named state's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year," 29 May 2018 Straily responded by plunking Posey in the bottom half of the frame. Matthew Defranks,, "Dan Straily drops appeal to begin suspension; Don Mattingly serving one-game ban Tuesday," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of plunk

1808, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Phrases Related to plunk

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English Language Learners Definition of plunk

: to pull or hit a string or key on a musical instrument with your fingers especially in a way that makes a brief, somewhat harsh sound

: to hit (someone or something) especially with a ball

: to drop or place (something or someone) in a forceful and often careless way


\ ˈpləŋk \
plunked; plunking

Kids Definition of plunk

1 : to lie or sit down suddenly or heavily

2 : to drop or place heavily or carelessly She plunked her mug on the table.

3 : to make a sound on (an instrument) by pulling the strings or keys

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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