verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
Origin of plink
First recorded in 1965–70; imitativeRelated formsplink·er, noun
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of plink
Hardly had the word "brigands" crept into my mind with an accompaniment of heart-beats something like the plink!
So the gnarble swam around inside, trying very hard to think, And while he did, his floppy tail was tickling the plink.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for plink
a short sharp often metallic sound as of a string on a musical instrument being plucked or a bullet striking metal
Derived Formsplinking, noun, adjective
(intr) to make such a noise
to hit (a target, such as a tin can) by shooting or to shoot at such a target
Word Origin for plink
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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