- to shoot, as with a rifle, at targets selected at whim: to plink at coins tossed in the air.
- to make a series of short, light, ringing sounds.
- to shoot at for practice or amusement, as with a rifle: to plink bottles set along a fence railing.
- to cause to make a series of short, light, ringing sounds.
- a plinking sound.
Origin of plink
First recorded in 1965–70; imitative
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Examples from the Web for plink
Hardly had the word "brigands" crept into my mind with an accompaniment of heart-beats something like the plink!The Lightning Conductor
C. N. Williamson
The gnarble almost made it to the surface of the sea, But the plink chomped down and swallowed him as if he were a pea.
So the gnarble swam around inside, trying very hard to think, And while he did, his floppy tail was tickling the plink.
- a short sharp often metallic sound as of a string on a musical instrument being plucked or a bullet striking metal
- (intr) to make such a noise
- to hit (a target, such as a tin can) by shooting or to shoot at such a target
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for plink
1941, imitative. As a noun from 1954. Related: Plinked; plinking.
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