Definition of plunger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplʌn(d)ʒə/


1A part of a device or mechanism that works with a plunging or thrusting movement.
Example sentences
  • Invert the syringe (point tip upwards) and slowly press the plunger to a level that pushed out any large air bubbles that may be present.
  • I could instantly see how the tea was progressing, and the plunger kept the leaves out of the way until the pot was drained.
  • I may have to invest in a small coffee plunger, so I can froth my own milk.
1.1A device consisting of a rubber cup on a long handle, used to clear blocked pipes by means of suction.
Example sentences
  • Take a suction cup plunger and pump it up and down directly over the clogged drain.
  • Force as much water as possible out of traps with a plunger.
  • Insert the plunger at an angle so no air is trapped under the cup.
2 informal A person who gambles or spends money recklessly: he is a plunger when it comes to spending money for news
More example sentences
  • This was a race for the plungers, the speculators, the people who trade commodities and bet the house that the price of nutmeg will skyrocket.
  • Our man braved the winter elements to report on the event and capture some of the plungers on camera.
  • Not often do plungers sprinkle their market fixations with references to Dante and Homer.

Words that rhyme with plunger

blunger, conjure, expunger, sponger
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