Definition of plunk in English:

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Pronunciation: /pləNGk/


1 [no object] Play a keyboard or plucked stringed instrument, especially in an inexpressive or unskilled way.
Example sentences
  • Even during casual conversation he plunks out impromptu background music.
  • They walked in, picked up their instruments and Nick started plinking and plunking at the piano.
  • His fingers plunked dully on the wrong key, and the young man wrenched his attention away and resumed his disjointed playing to the end of the piece.
2 [with object] US Hit (someone) abruptly.
Example sentences
  • I should mention that while I was critiquing my work, a dog started to trot across the park, but I managed to plunk him in the head with an acorn before he could wreck my work.
  • Meanwhile, Kramer's away at a baseball camp where he plunks Joe.
  • Next thing I knew I was plunked a millimetre above the elbow.
3 (also plank) [with object] chiefly North American Put or set (something) down heavily or abruptly: she plunked her purse on top of the bar
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  • A second later he heard steps on the stairs, and popped his head over the back of the couch to see Kate plunking down the stairs fiddling with the straps on her dress.
  • Mr. Wilder headed upstairs for bed, and Kate wandered back over to her couch, plunking down in it and picking up her dog-eared book.
  • All of a sudden, I heard someone coming into the room just as I was plunking down my drink on my shelf.
3.1Pay (money) on the spot or abruptly: I gladly plunked down my ten dollars
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  • At 18, she plunked down the money she'd been saving for years to buy a train ticket to Manhattan and leave her cow town behind.
  • Instead, he plunked down his scarce money for a brand-new $2,800 computer, plus $1, 500 in software, for everyone he hired.
  • Both Monday and Tuesday, more than 100 guests with an appetite for scintillating conversation and yummy fare plunked down a minimum $200 each for dinner with a supreme personality.
3.2 (plunk oneself down) Sit down in a hurried or undignified way: she plunks herself down on the stool
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  • I took his advice and plunked myself down on a nice patio and thoroughly enjoyed an Italian meal in the evening sunshine.
  • And then I went out into the lobby area and plunked myself down on one of the couches near the front desk.
  • He plunks himself down on the desk, maintaining eye contact.


1The sound made by abruptly plucking a string of a stringed instrument.
Example sentences
  • Between songs he crouches and we can all hear the plunk plunk of strings being tuned.
  • Double bassist Paul Harris marvelously played throughout the work, even after his G-string (the one on the double bass, please) snapped with a loud plunk.
  • This song is the opening track, and the steady plunk of the keyboard draws me into the song and doesn't let go until the final breath of the vocals fade.
2US A heavy blow.
Example sentences
  • Colorado pitchers put the Astros lifer over the top, delivering his last five plunks, three by Jason Jennings.
  • Suddenly I felt a soft plunk of warm, gooey mashed potatoes hit my head.



Example sentences
  • The token plunker bangs against the locked turnstile and walks away in frustration.
  • I rode off with a smile on my face and thought what a plunker.


Early 19th century: probably imitative.

Words that rhyme with plunk

bunk, chunk, clunk, drunk, dunk, flunk, funk, gunk, hunk, Monck, monk, shrunk, skunk, slunk, stunk, sunk, thunk, trunk

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