\ ˈpləŋk How to pronounce plunk (audio) \
variants: or \ ˈpläŋk How to pronounce plunk (audio) , 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

Other Words from plunk

plunk noun
plunker noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web That sufficed to draw these hockey players together, transport them halfway around the globe and plunk them down in a new country. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 The proposal unveiled by House leaders uses, for now, about $2.5 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds and another $1.15 billion from a state surplus to plunk money into an array of programs and priorities., 25 Oct. 2021 And for anyone who has ever channeled their inner Schroeder to plunk out a melody with two fingers and a lot of heart, the Toy Piano Festival is a sweet reminder that great things can come in unexpected little packages. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 With a 4-0 lead, Counsell said the Brewers weren't trying to plunk the Cubs catcher. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 The program can plunk users in virtual seats around a digital space and use the headgear’s internal motion sensors to track participants’ head movements. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, 3 Mar. 2021 Too often, retailers plunk their private-label products in their stores and don't update the assortment or the look very often. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2021 Red Sox right-hander Heath Hembree plunked Taylor with a 92-mph fastball Sunday. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2019 While traveling through 50 cities across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States, Derksen plunked his full-frame camera before walls and fences dressed up with fashion models, urban development schemes, and tourist destinations. Laura Mallonee, Wired, 20 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of plunk

1808, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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\ ˈpləŋk How to pronounce plunk (audio) \
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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