- 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
- 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 down
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.
Idioms and Phrases with plunk down
Throw or place or drop heavily, as in He plunked down the money and walked out, or It was hot work, so after an hour we plunked ourselves down in the shade. [Late 1800s]