plink

[ plingk ]
/ plɪŋk /

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. plight,
  2. plimsoll,
  3. plimsoll line,
  4. plimsoll mark,
  5. plinian,
  6. plinth,
  7. plinth block,
  8. pliny,
  9. pliny the elder,
  10. plio-

Origin of plink

First recorded in 1965–70; imitative

Related formsplink·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for 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.

  • So the gnarble swam around inside, trying very hard to think, And while he did, his floppy tail was tickling the 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


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 Formsplinking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for plink

C20: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for plink

plink

v.

1941, imitative. As a noun from 1954. Related: Plinked; plinking.

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