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verb (used with object)
  1. to pluck (a stringed instrument or its strings); twang: to plunk a guitar.
  2. to throw, push, put, drop, etc., heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down): Plunk down your money. She plunked herself down on the seat.
  3. to push, shove, toss, etc. (sometimes followed by in, over, etc.): to plunk the ball over the net; to plunk a pencil into a drawer.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to give forth a twanging sound.
  2. to drop heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down): to plunk down somewhere and take a nap.
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  1. act or sound of plunking.
  2. Informal. a direct, forcible blow.
  3. Slang. a dollar.
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  1. Informal. with a plunking sound.
  2. Informal. squarely; exactly: The tennis ball landed plunk in the middle of the net.
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Origin of plunk

First recorded in 1760–70; expressive word akin to pluck
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Related Words

plop, unload, drop, dump, plump, plonk

Examples from the Web for plunk

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Historical Examples

  • His counsel was quickly taken, and then there was a plunk as he sprang into the creek.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • A blue-eyed feller with a mustache, but he gave me a plunk not to tell.

    On the Lightship

    Herman Knickerbocker Viel

  • “Let them,” said Pearl, sending the anchor with a plunk into the sea.

    Witches Cove

    Roy J. Snell

  • He could hear the soft plunk, plunk of her rubber heels on the marble steps.

    The City of Fire

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • And there's twenty thousand Boers plunk in the middle, ain't they?

    War's Brighter Side

    Julian Ralph.

British Dictionary definitions for plunk


  1. to pluck (the strings) of (a banjo, harp, etc) or (of such an instrument) to give forth a sound when plucked
  2. (often foll by down) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly
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  1. the act or sound of plunking
  2. informal a hard blow
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  1. an exclamation imitative of the sound of something plunking
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  1. informal exactly; squarelyplunk into his lap
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Word Origin

C20: imitative
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for plunk


1805, "to pluck a stringed instrument;" 1808 in sense of "drop down abruptly;" 1888 as "to hit, wound, shoot." Probably of imitative origin in all cases. Related: Plunked; plunking.

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