variants or plonk
ˈpläŋk How to pronounce plunk (audio)
plunked or plonked; plunking or plonking; plunks or plonks

transitive verb

: to pluck or hit so as to produce a quick, hollow, metallic, or harsh sound
: to set down suddenly : plump

intransitive verb

: to make a plunking sound
: to drop abruptly : dive
: to come out in favor of someone or something : plump
used with for
plunk noun
plunker noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And she’s got tapes of her conversations with Donald that might plunk her on the social media map. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 5 June 2024 Just five batters after Harrison plunked the Reds’ leadoff man, Lee laid in pain on the warning track as Friedl and three other Reds rounded the bases. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 12 May 2024 Two years later, after seeds had been collected from similar trees on nearby lands, crews of planters came out with bags full of seedlings, rapidly plunking them into the ashen ground. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Kelly did himself no favors by walking the leadoff batter and then plunking the next. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for plunk 

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Word History



First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plunk was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Plunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or plonk
ˈpläŋk How to pronounce plunk (audio)
: to make or cause to make a hollow, metallic, or harsh sound
plunk the strings of a banjo
: to drop or set down suddenly
plunk a suitcase on the bench
plunk noun
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