One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A high, sharp, tinkling, or metallic noise. Used especially to represent the sound of a musical instrument having a jangling or ringing tone.
Representing such a sound.
Relating to or designating a sharp ringing sound, or a musical instrument producing it.
Usually in reduplicative combination with other similar imitative words, as plank, plink, plonk, etc., and suggesting an alternation of similar sounds
Late 19th century. From plink + -ety. Compare plinky [adjective] and slightly later plink.
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