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.


a plinking sound.

Origin of plink

First recorded in 1965–70; imitative
Related formsplink·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for plink

sound, jangle, ding, tingle, chime, clink, chink, ting, plink

Examples from the Web for plink

Historical Examples of 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

  • 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


(intr) to make such a noise
to hit (a target, such as a tin can) by shooting or to shoot at such a target
Derived Formsplinking, noun, adjective

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper