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Pronunciation: /plɒŋk
 
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informal , chiefly British

verb

1 [with object and adverbial of place] Set down heavily or carelessly: she plonked her glass on the table
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  • ‘We have some left over bacon’ Henrietta said and she carelessly plonked the strips of meat into the same frying pan as the eggs.
  • He takes the glass from me, plonking it down on his desk - a little too hard, if you ask me.
  • We plonked the stone down where it was to live, stood back, looked at one another, nodded, and the decision was made.
1.1 (plonk oneself) Sit down heavily and without ceremony: he plonked himself down on the sofa
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  • ‘Hey,’ he said cheerfully and made his way to the couch, and plonked himself down heavily.
  • Their son goes to the cinema picks a row where there are three empty seats and plonks himself down in the middle one.
  • As I plonked myself down in my seat with my popcorn and my candy floss, cursing the child next to me who had managed to tread on my ingrown toenail and was now causing a ruckus, I knew exactly what to expect.
2 [no object] Play unskilfully on a musical instrument: people plonking around on expensive instruments
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  • The opening is one piano note, plonked slowly, deliberately after the other.
  • It shall be like one of those period dramas, with guests conversing politely in the drawing room whilst Kate plonks away in the next room.
  • There's a medley, plonked out on a Hammond organ.

noun

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A sound as of something being set down heavily: he sat down with a plonk
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  • The weakest element is the soundtrack - rhythmic rattles and plops, clonks, clicks and plonks, with vague background song - rather a letdown.
  • For instance, I agree entirely with his description of the music as ‘two plinks, a plonk, and a grrr!’
  • I cherished the symbols of dominion so soon to be objects of ridicule or subjects of parody - the plonk of the cricket ball, the stamp of the sentry's boot, the hymns and the silly rituals that spoke of old certitudes.

Origin

late 19th century (originally dialect): imitative; compare with plunk.

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Pronunciation: /plɒŋk
 
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noun

[mass noun] British informal
Cheap wine of inferior quality: we turned up at 8 p.m., each clutching a bottle of plonk
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  • Spanish wine, which was higher in alcohol than other wines, was regarded mainly as cheaper heady plonk, and better, more expensive, wines were often cut with it.
  • Ever wondered how you can test your taste buds' ability to tell the difference between cheap plonk and fine wines?
  • And they have to wash the whole thing down with a pint of lager or some cheap and plentiful plonk.

Origin

1930s (originally Australian): probably an alteration of blanc in French vin blanc 'white wine'.

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