- to pluck (a stringed instrument or its strings); twang: to plunk a guitar.
- to throw, push, put, drop, etc., heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down): Plunk down your money. She plunked herself down on the seat.
- to push, shove, toss, etc. (sometimes followed by in, over, etc.): to plunk the ball over the net; to plunk a pencil into a drawer.
- to give forth a twanging sound.
- to drop heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down): to plunk down somewhere and take a nap.
- act or sound of plunking.
- Informal. a direct, forcible blow.
- Slang. a dollar.
- Informal. with a plunking sound.
- Informal. squarely; exactly: The tennis ball landed plunk in the middle of the net.
Origin of plunk
Examples from the Web for plunk
Sure, the universe of Americans willing to plunk down for an electric sports car is small.Tesla Wins Even When It’s Losing
November 11, 2013
His counsel was quickly taken, and then there was a plunk as he sprang into the creek.The Riflemen of the Ohio</p>
Joseph A. Altsheler
A blue-eyed feller with a mustache, but he gave me a plunk not to tell.On the Lightship
Herman Knickerbocker Viel
“Let them,” said Pearl, sending the anchor with a plunk into the sea.Witches Cove
Roy J. Snell
He could hear the soft plunk, plunk of her rubber heels on the marble steps.The City of Fire
Grace Livingston Hill
And there's twenty thousand Boers plunk in the middle, ain't they?War's Brighter Side
- to pluck (the strings) of (a banjo, harp, etc) or (of such an instrument) to give forth a sound when plucked
- (often foll by down) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly
- the act or sound of plunking
- informal a hard blow
- an exclamation imitative of the sound of something plunking
- informal exactly; squarelyplunk into his lap
Word Origin and History for plunk
1805, "to pluck a stringed instrument;" 1808 in sense of "drop down abruptly;" 1888 as "to hit, wound, shoot." Probably of imitative origin in all cases. Related: Plunked; plunking.