[ 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.


a plinking sound.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


/ (plɪŋk) /


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