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[plongk] /plɒŋk/
noun, Chiefly British.
inferior or cheap wine.
Origin of plonk
1925-30; perhaps alteration of French (vin) blanc white (wine) Unabridged
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  • Suddenly we heard a musical and distant wail, something flew past the window, and there was a wee "plonk."

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
British Dictionary definitions for plonk


(often foll by down) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly: he plonked the money on the table
the act or sound of plonking
an exclamation imitative of this sound


(Brit & Austral, NZ, informal) alcoholic drink, usually wine, esp of inferior quality
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from French blanc white, as in vin blanc white wine
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Word Origin and History for plonk

1874, imitative. From 1903 as a noun. Related: Plonked; plonking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for plonk



  1. Inferior wine; cheap wine: It's a humble plonk, but you'll like it (British fr Australian 1930+)
  2. A boring and obnoxious person; pill (1960s+)

[wine sense fr French vin blanc, ''white wine''; second sense perhaps fr the dull sound plonk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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plonk in Technology

networking, abuse
(Possibly influenced by British slang "plonk" for cheap booze, or "plonker" for someone behaving stupidly; usually written "*plonk*") The sound a newbie makes as he falls to the bottom of a kill file. While this term originated in the Usenet newsgroup news:talk.bizarre, by 1994 it was widespread on Usenet and mailing lists as a form of public ridicule.
Another theory is that it is an acronym for "Person with Little Or No Knowledge".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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