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plunk

[pluhngk] /plʌŋk/
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.
3.
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)
4.
to give forth a twanging sound.
5.
to drop heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down):
to plunk down somewhere and take a nap.
noun
6.
act or sound of plunking.
7.
Informal. a direct, forcible blow.
8.
Slang. a dollar.
adverb
9.
Informal. with a plunking sound.
10.
Informal. squarely; exactly:
The tennis ball landed plunk in the middle of the net.
Origin of plunk
1760-1770
1760-70; expressive word akin to pluck
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  • When they got to the marsh, Mr. Green Frog went in first with a soft "plunk" in the mud.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • His counsel was quickly taken, and then there was a plunk as he sprang into the creek.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But when morning comes they'll draw back out of revolver range and plunk the first man who shows himself outside.

  • A blue-eyed feller with a mustache, but he gave me a plunk not to tell.

    On the Lightship Herman Knickerbocker Viel
  • Cash flinched again, wavered, swallowed twice, and got up so abruptly that Lovin Child sat down again with a plunk.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • He could hear the soft plunk, plunk of her rubber heels on the marble steps.

    The City of Fire Grace Livingston Hill
  • “Let them,” said Pearl, sending the anchor with a plunk into the sea.

    Witches Cove Roy J. Snell
  • And there's twenty thousand Boers plunk in the middle, ain't they?

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • He picked up a pebble and was about to plunk it into the water near Four-Leaf when Clover's head broke water.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for plunk

plunk

/plʌŋk/
verb
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
noun
3.
the act or sound of plunking
4.
(informal) a hard blow
interjection
5.
an exclamation imitative of the sound of something plunking
adverb
6.
(informal) exactly; squarely: plunk into his lap
Word Origin
C20: imitative
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Word Origin and History for plunk
v.

1805, "to pluck a stringed instrument;" 1808 in sense of "drop down abruptly;" 1888 as "to hit, wound, shoot." Probably of imitative origin in all cases. Related: Plunked; plunking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for plunk

plump

adverb

Precisely; exactly; squarely; smack

[1734+; fr plumb]

plunk

noun

A dollar: my five thousand plunks (1891+)

verb

To shoot (1888+)

[echoic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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