\ 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

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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 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 Nunez was visibly upset, and his teammate, righty Ryan Eades, returned the favor in the bottom half, plunking Jeimer Candelario, who also was displeased. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tyler Alexander stars as Detroit Tigers top Orioles, 5-2, in series finale," 16 Sep. 2019 The righthander lasted just 1⅔ innings, facing 13 batters and allowing nine to reach base — three by hits, five by walks, and one by getting plunked. Alex Speier,, "Angels’ extra effort enough to beat Red Sox in 10," 11 Aug. 2019 Ramrodded by Jack Schwartz, ex-PPG pace-car maven, currently with Chevrolet Special Vehicles, the show car had no underpinnings—only an Ilmor-Chevy Indy car motor plunked into the engine bay. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?," 19 July 2019 James plunked Matt Chapman in the shoulder blades with a 95 mph fastball. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle against A's for second straight night," 11 Sep. 2019 Injury updates: Outfielder Jaylin Davis is day-to-day after getting plunked in the left wrist with a 97 mph fastball Thursday by the Pirates’ Yacksel Rios. Rusty Simmons,, "Giants drop Buster Posey into sixth spot amid season ripe with batting struggles," 13 Sep. 2019 Hernandez plunked Atlanta star Ronald Acuna Jr. in the back with his very first pitch of the game, rekindling tensions between the teams and leading to Snitker's ejection. Paul Newberry,, "Freddie Freeman’s two homers, four RBIs carry Braves past Marlins," 21 Aug. 2019 After plunking Berti again and allowing an infield single to Diaz to start the frame, Anderson roped a double to the left-field wall. Los Angeles Times, "Hapless Marlins unload on Dodgers’ Walker Buehler and bullpen," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of plunk

1808, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of plunk was in 1808

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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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