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verb (used without object)
  1. to shoot, as with a rifle, at targets selected at whim: to plink at coins tossed in the air.
  2. to make a series of short, light, ringing sounds.
verb (used with object)
  1. to shoot at for practice or amusement, as with a rifle: to plink bottles set along a fence railing.
  2. to cause to make a series of short, light, ringing sounds.
  1. a plinking sound.

Origin of plink

First recorded in 1965–70; imitative
Related formsplink·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for plinking

sound, jangle, ding, tingle, chime, clink, chink, ting, plink

British Dictionary definitions for plinking


  1. a short sharp often metallic sound as of a string on a musical instrument being plucked or a bullet striking metal
  1. (intr) to make such a noise
  2. 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 plinking



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

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