[ pluhngk ]
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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.

  1. 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)
  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.

  1. act or sound of plunking.

  2. Informal. a direct, forcible blow.

  1. Slang. a dollar.

  1. Informal. with a plunking sound.

  2. Informal. squarely; exactly: The tennis ball landed plunk in the middle of the net.

Origin of plunk

First recorded in 1760–70; expressive word akin to pluck Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plunk in a sentence

  • From somewhere about the house came the nasal singing of a mountaineer to the plunking of a tuneless banjo.

    The Portal of Dreams | Charles Neville Buck
  • He kept plunking away and altogether put seven holes in my machine.

    Flying for France | James R. McConnell

British Dictionary definitions for plunk


/ (plʌŋk) /

  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

  1. the act or sound of plunking

  2. informal a hard blow

  1. an exclamation imitative of the sound of something plunking

  1. informal exactly; squarely: plunk into his lap

Origin of plunk

C20: imitative

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