\ 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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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 Water droplets slipping from ore-bearing rock above plunked on my hard hat. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "I spent a night with ghost hunters in a Colorado gold mine and lived to tell this tale," 11 Oct. 2019 Kershaw ignited the trouble by plunking Victor Robles to lead off the inning. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Dodgers lose Game 2," 5 Oct. 2019 After Marcus Semien singled and Matt Chapman was hit by a pitch in the sixth, Matt Olson plunked a two-run double down the right-field line, giving the A’s their first lead, and Khris Davis added an RBI single. Susan Slusser,, "Jesús Luzardo makes memorable debut in A’s win at Houston," 11 Sep. 2019 Both benches had been warned when Hughes plunked Marte, so the reliever and Reds bench coach Freddie Benavides were ejected. Joe Kay,, "Pirates and Reds brawl — 'I wouldn’t be surprised if it sparks again’ — as Yasiel Puig gets traded to the Indians," 31 July 2019 Jackie plunked herself down on a narrow black bench. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "The New Front Line of the Anti-Abortion Movement," 11 Nov. 2019 Investors have plunked another $325 million into controversial e-cigarette maker Juul Labs as the company seeks to expand its global reach, according to a regulatory filing Monday. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Juul raises $325 million despite growing health and legal concerns with vaping," 19 Aug. 2019 Jackhammers pitcher Kyle Zaleski plunked him on the elbow. Tom Verducci,, "The Hard, Historic Roads That Lead to Baseball's Magic Number: .400," 8 Aug. 2019 The series started with Cicotte, Chicago's 35-year-old ace and early knuckleballer who had just had his best season, plunking Reds leadoff hitter Morrie Rath. Marc Bona, cleveland, "100 years later, 1919 World Series remains etched in infamy," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of plunk

1808, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of plunk was in 1808

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plunk.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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