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nounChiefly British.
  1. inferior or cheap wine.

Origin of plonk

1925–30; perhaps alteration of French (vin) blanc white (wine)

Words Nearby plonk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plonk in a sentence

  • Just cobble it together, plonk it on your head, and smile a lot.

    Flower Crowns Are Phony and Must Die | Sara Lieberman | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Why not plonk yourself and your guests in front of the warm glow of the television set this holiday weekend?

  • Suddenly I fall over something—plonk into the middle of some excavated earth, which the rain has made into semolina pudding.

    Letters to Helen | Keith Henderson
  • Suddenly we heard a musical and distant wail, something flew past the window, and there was a wee "plonk."

    A Company of Tanks | W. H. L. Watson
  • There was a heavy plonk and a rush of feet as Knollys, who had watched fascinated, ran down the companion-way with another man.

    Captivity | M. Leonora Eyles
  • Something would go plonk when the trigger was pulled on an empty chamber, so I did some dry practice at the crests of waves.

    Four-Day Planet | Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for plonk (1 of 2)


/ (plɒŋk) /

  1. (often foll by down) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly: he plonked the money on the table

  1. the act or sound of plonking

  1. an exclamation imitative of this sound

British Dictionary definitions for plonk (2 of 2)


/ (plɒŋk) /

  1. British, Australian and NZ informal alcoholic drink, usually wine, esp of inferior quality

Origin of plonk

C20: perhaps from French blanc white, as in vin blanc white wine

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