\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Red Sox right-hander Heath Hembree plunked Taylor with a 92-mph fastball Sunday. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ Chris Taylor could miss four to six weeks with fractured left forearm," 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, "The Flimsy Veneer of Gigantic Advertisements," 20 May 2020 Another time someone plunked a huge chunk of frosting-laden something in front of me. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Dieter continually sabotaged by co-workers, relatives," 8 Apr. 2020 Sale then plunked Austin Barnes with a slider to put runners at first and second. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Chris Sale quickly solved to end Sox five-game winning streak," 14 July 2019 The veteran right-hander also plunked Justin Turner with the bases loaded to force in a run. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies fall 10-5 to Dodgers, who scored six runs in sixth inning," 30 June 2019 And his eyes fluttered closed as the cymbal shivered and the piano plunked its final note. Dallas News, "Art and the City: Dallas writers are embracing their newfound solitude ... and singing to their cats," 5 Apr. 2020 So, plunk yourself in front of a window that doesn’t directly face the sun. Popular Science, "Look better on video calls using pro photography techniques," 24 Mar. 2020 At a 24-hour laundromat at Memphis and Ridge Road in Brooklyn, local resident Brady Bradberry plunked quarters into a washer. Plain Dealer Staff, cleveland, "Keeping calm and carrying on: Profound changes sink in as Ohio adjusts to coronavirus," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of plunk

1808, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Plunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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