\ 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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Marisnick was plunked by the Angels on Tuesday, took it in stride and even calmed his teammates down when benches cleared. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Manny Machado blasts MLB Network analysts in Instagram post," 17 July 2019 He was plunked in the shoulder in a 1-and-1 count by Angels reliever Noe Ramirez. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Benches clear in Angels-Astros game after Jake Marisnick is hit by a pitch," 16 July 2019 Phillies pitchers have hit 12 Mets batters this year; Mets hitters have been plunked six times by the Phillies., "Mets' Todd Frazier says Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta went 'overboard' on skull remark," 7 July 2019 Nonetheless, the two got into it Saturday at Great American Ball Park after Strop plunked Puig with a 3–0 pitch in the bottom of the eighth. Jon Tayler,, "The Home Run Derby Field Looks Loaded," 2 July 2019 For years, state representatives like Dochety have plunked themselves down at the Wintzell's Oyster House oyster bar in downtown Mobile to test their mettle. Michael Dumas,, "Annual oyster-eating crown goes to Distinguished Young Woman Madison Dochety," 24 June 2019 The ball rocketed off Christian Vazquez’s bat and soared deep into right-center field, plunking off the top of the bullpen dugout. Nick Kelly,, "Bullpen gave Red Sox offense time to recover," 22 June 2019 Sabathia had an almost identical line last September against Tampa Bay before he was ejected for plunking Jesus Sucre. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 Rogers got the first two outs of that inning, but allowed a double to A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty and plunked infielder Chad Pinder with a pitch to set the table for No. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles fold again in the late innings and lose their eighth straight game, 8-3, to the Oakland A's," 19 June 2019

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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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