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plink

[ plingk ]
/ plɪŋk /
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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.
noun
a plinking sound.
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Origin of plink

First recorded in 1965–70; imitative

OTHER WORDS FROM plink

plinker, noun
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How to use plink in a sentence

  • 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.

  • But his mouth was open long enough for the gnarble to swim free, He swam so fast the hungry plink did not have time to see.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for plink

plink
/ (plɪŋk) /

noun
a short sharp often metallic sound as of a string on a musical instrument being plucked or a bullet striking metal
verb
(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 forms of plink

plinking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for plink

C20: of imitative origin
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