[ pluhngk ]
/ plʌŋk /
verb (used with object)
to pluck (a stringed instrument or its strings); twang: to plunk a guitar.
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.
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.
verb (used without object)
to give forth a twanging sound.
to drop heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down): to plunk down somewhere and take a nap.
act or sound of plunking.
Informal. a direct, forcible blow.
Slang. a dollar.
Informal. with a plunking sound.
Informal. squarely; exactly: The tennis ball landed plunk in the middle of the net.
Words nearby plunk
Origin of plunk
First recorded in 1760–70; expressive word akin to pluck
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British Dictionary definitions for plunk down
/ (plʌŋk) /
to pluck (the strings) of (a banjo, harp, etc) or (of such an instrument) to give forth a sound when plucked
(often foll by down) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly
the act or sound of plunking
informal a hard blow
an exclamation imitative of the sound of something plunking
informal exactly; squarelyplunk into his lap
Word Origin for plunk
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Idioms and Phrases with plunk down
Throw or place or drop heavily, as in He plunked down the money and walked out, or It was hot work, so after an hour we plunked ourselves down in the shade. [Late 1800s]
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