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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
1760-1770
1760-70; expressive word akin to pluck
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Examples from the web for plunked
  • The sound of each note plunked on a piano might evoke a different color.
  • But the rank-and-file spectators plunked down anywhere.
  • Investors have plunked down more than a billion dollars in the county to get a piece of the action.
  • It's really a frumpy old two-story farmhouse with a semi-attached boot shed, plunked in the middle of a big gravel driveway.
  • Everyone had been plunked down there on the sixth day and that was that-the past was a circle, and the future would be, too.
  • The second one plunked him in the back and sent him to the dirt in the seventh inning.
  • Puzzled, the operator plunked into his regular position, for he had never before seen such a large blip.
  • We can be plunked down in the middle of another situation, in another country, and somehow by osmosis will pick it up.
  • Before she could cry out she had been plunked down in a compartment packed with people and their belongings.
British Dictionary definitions for plunked

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 plunked

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for plunked

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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