[ 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.

Origin of plink

First recorded in 1965–70; imitative


plink·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for plinking

/ (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 forms of plink

plinking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for plink

C20: of imitative origin
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