Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To throw or place heavily or abruptly: plunked the money down on the counter.
  • transitive v. To strum or pluck (a stringed instrument).
  • intransitive v. To drop or fall abruptly or heavily; plump: plunked onto the couch with a sigh of relief.
  • intransitive v. To emit a hollow twanging sound.
  • n. Informal A heavy blow or stroke.
  • n. A short hollow twanging sound.
  • adv. Informal With a short hollow thud.
  • adv. Informal Exactly; precisely: The dart landed plunk in the center of the target.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drop or throw heavily (onto or into something) so that it makes a sound

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act or sound of plunking.
  • n.
  • n. A large sum of money.
  • n. A dollar.
  • intransitive v. To make a quick, hollow, metallic, or harsh sound, as by pulling hard on a taut string and quickly releasing it; of a raven, to croak.
  • intransitive v. To drop or sink down suddenly or heavily; to plump.
  • intransitive v. To play truant, or “hooky”.
  • transitive v. To pluck and release quickly (a musical string); to twang.
  • transitive v. To throw, push, drive heavily, plumply, or suddenly; ; also, to hit or strike.
  • transitive v. To be a truant from (school).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike suddenly, with a dull sound; knock; bang: as, they plunked him with stones.
  • To knock (away); knock (from).
  • To shoot; fill full of ‘lead’ (missiles).
  • To pluck (a stringed instrument) so as to produce a low or deep sound; in general, twang.
  • To make or emit an abrupt and usually heavy sound: especially used of the rough sounding of a stringed instrument, and sometimes strung out with arbitrary variations (as in the quotation).
  • To croak or cry as a raven.
  • To plunge or drop down abruptly.
  • Suddenly; plump: as, he came plunk against the half-open door.
  • n. A hard, dull blow: as, to hit one a plunk.
  • n. A twang; a twanging sound: as, the plunk-plunk of the banjo.
  • n. A dollar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground
  • n. a hollow twanging sound
  • v. drop steeply
  • adv. with a short hollow thud
  • n. (baseball) hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
  • v. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
  • v. set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoetic. Compare flump. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And cash it was made, thirty plunks (a plunk is a dollar, my dear Anak), and

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  • And cash it was made, thirty PLUNKS (a plunk is a dollar, my dear Anak), and I pulled my freight.

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  • Every desk has a stapler and everyone has had that oddly hollow feeling when they push down on it and get that hollow "plunk" of an empty chamber.

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  • You are seeing some time laps of tinker-toy-type construction that goes on up there, as they use the robot arms to just kind of plunk it right on.

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  • The fiord, by my recollection, is never more than a mile or a mile and a half wide at the utmost, and we came "plunk" up against the head of this fiord with a 3650-foot cliff, which we scaled, and tried to make our charts or cross observations from the top.

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  • They heard the dull "plunk" of his sinker as he flung it into a deep, still pool.

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  • For a time no sound was heard save the dull "plunk" of sinkers as the lines, one by one, were flung into the water.

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  • After dinner they would sit together on the veranda, watching the moon rise over the rim of that wonderful valley, listening to the tree-toads in noisy convention or hearkening to the "plunk" of a trout leaping in the river below.

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