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

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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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Stimulus measures have been modest, disappointing investors who have plunked chips on commodity or heavy-industrial plays. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Don’t Count on the China Put," 17 Dec. 2018 The little red men carry the parcels across a floor that resembles a giant checkerboard and plunk them down chutes to sacks. Danielle Paquette, The Seattle Times, "Robots at Chinese e-commerce giant making workers obsolete," 10 Sep. 2018 The Tides Many upscale restaurants in the Barbados are plunked right onto the beach for beautiful views, but not many are have multiple trees sprouting through the dining room and into the sky, as experienced at the Tides. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Hurricane-force winds might also pick up a fighter jet, which is built to be lifted into the air, after all, and plunk it down hard. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Than a Dozen F-22s May Have Been Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 With his second pitch of the third inning, McCullers plunked Matt Chapman. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 Padres center fielder Manuel Margot was placed on the disabled list before Wednesday’s game as a result of being plunked in the ribs by a fastball from Scott Oberg the night before. Kevin Acee,, "Padres plan to build off fight they showed in break-even, brawling road trip," 11 Apr. 2018 Take a bunch of teenage boys from the whitest, safest suburb in America and plunk them down in a place where their friends are murdered and they are constantly attacked and threatened. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump: Kavanaugh’s accuser should have gone to the police if she’s telling the truth," 21 Sep. 2018 Pinch-hitter Brock Holt was hit on the foot to load the bases before Mitch Moreland got plunked as well, forcing in a run. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Osuna makes things worse for Astros in ALCS loss to Red Sox," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of plunk

1808, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of plunk

chiefly US : 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
US : to hit (someone or something) especially with a ball
chiefly US : to drop or place (something or someone) in a forceful and often careless way


\ 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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