- 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.
- 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
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- 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
C20: of imitative origin
Word Origin and History for plinking
1941, imitative. As a noun from 1954. Related: Plinked; plinking.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper