\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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Unfortunately for Burbank, its starting pitcher suffered a bout of wildness, walked one batter and then plunked two more to force across two runs. Andrew J. Campa,, "Two-out offense sparks Crescenta Valley baseball to win over Burbank," 14 Apr. 2018 That’s where the city’s Parks Department plunked the Joan of Arc memorial, sculpted by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington in 1915, five years before Joan was canonized, eight years before Shaw wrote his play. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Joan of Arc, Superstar? Not to the Woman Playing Her," 11 Apr. 2018 Trying to protect a 1-0 lead, Ray plunked Carlos Gonzalez in the back with a slider that slipped out of his hand with one out, drawing a trip to the mound by manager Torey Lovullo. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' funk continues with loss to Rockies," 12 July 2018 Brett Sanchez plunked Will Reed to put two men on base with two outs. Andrew Valenti,, "Dutchtown 3, Northshore 2 (Game 2): Panthers swept after go-ahead hit in 6th inning," 28 Apr. 2018 On Friday, Astros starter Lance McCullers hit Kevan Smith leading off the third before Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez plunked Alex Bregman with two out in the bottom of the third. Paul Sullivan,, "Tim Anderson sits out after getting hit by pitch but doesn't think it was related to April fracas with Astros," 6 July 2018 Three-straight base knocks for the Griffins to start the frame were followed by Panthers' starting pitcher Kraig Segrave plunking Brayden Caskey, which scored a run and inched Dutchtown to within 4-3. Andrew Valenti,, "Dutchtown 5, Northshore 4 (Game 1): Ben Davis notches go-ahead RBI in extras to give Griffins upset win," 27 Apr. 2018 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

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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

: 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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