Definition of plink in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Emit a short, sharp, metallic or ringing sound.

    ‘the sounds echoed and plinked like bells’
    • ‘There were no glasses plinking and backs being slapped on Fir Park Street last Thursday.’
    • ‘My mom wound it up every night and it plinked its way though the melody until I fell asleep.’
    • ‘He cursed when he felt the cool rain plink at his ironed white shirt.’
    • ‘This is soft sand and palm-trees music, to enjoy with somebody passing you a cocktail with little ice fragments plinking away in time to the song.’
    • ‘She plinks away with butterfly amino for practice and rifle familiarity with full-throttle fodder for big game only.’
    • ‘I've been plinking away on these machines for years.’
    • ‘The music be - bobs lightly in the background, plinking and plonking past gin joints, stepping hesitantly round every dark corner.’
    • ‘The music plinks along like a drunken gamelan, and random flecks of percussion, which include solitary hand claps, throw the listener even further off kilter.’
    • ‘Then they'd slowly walk along the fence, daring to trail their fingers over the bars, making an eerie, plinking song.’
    • ‘Stones plinked out of the frozen face and rolled musically onto the moraine.’
    1. 1.1 Play a musical instrument in such a way as to produce short, sharp, ringing sounds.
      ‘a daughter dutifully plinks through her piano lesson’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a lone plinking piano note keeps pace alongside Parker's snapping percussion.’
      • ‘They walked in, picked up their instruments and Nick started plinking and plunking at the piano.’
      • ‘We tend to sing melodies into his ears, or plink away on the piano, and he can help us realize it and embellish it.’
      • ‘You've all heard it somewhere, most likely as the plinking piano in the background of some silent movie.’
      • ‘As he plinks the piano, he doesn't know, the poor schmo, that something else is having that idea.’
      • ‘Smiling, the child started to plink the tune away, in a light, merry, happy-go-lucky way.’
      • ‘You'll be too busy sighing over the plinking piano and Parker's croon to notice the anxiety of the combination.’
      • ‘Yet I'm totally fascinated by this woman's beguiling blend of baby-voiced vocals, fantastic/poetic wordplay, and off-kilter harp strumming and piano plinking.’
      • ‘But the plinking piano never quite surrenders to the metal assault.’
    2. 1.2North American with object Shoot at (a can, bottle, or similar target)
      ‘we enjoyed idyllic family afternoons plinking cans with a revolver’
      • ‘Informal target shooting, plinking if you will, is made more enjoyable with a fine firearm as surely as is serious competition.’
      • ‘An excellent option for both hunting and plinking purposes is to mount a high quality handgun scope on your pistol.’
      • ‘My homemade bullets were just fine for plinking or targets at 25 yards or less, but when the range was 50 yards, there were sometimes unexplained flyers.’
      • ‘We would spend the day there, wandering around, kicking up wildlife, plinking at invented targets.’
      • ‘Whether they like to target shoot, plink or hunt small game, this gun just feels right.’
      • ‘It doesn't help matters that they will sometimes get outright stuck on some feature of the landscape, leaving you free to plink the enemy to death at your leisure.’
      • ‘All we want is plinking ammo and it makes absolutely no difference how long it takes to get there.’
      • ‘Hall divides the handguns he sells into several basic categories: defense guns, fun guns for target shooting and plinking, competition guns, hunting guns and cowboy action guns.’
      • ‘These loads are intended for indoor target practice, plinking, or putting an end to annoying pests without disturbing the neighbors.’
      • ‘Remind your customers that many great outdoor locations are ideal for plinking and shooting airguns.’


  • A short, sharp, metallic or ringing sound.

    ‘there was a plink, the sound of an aluminum bat hitting the ball’
    • ‘Depending on which band you are listening to, pan music can be raucous and noisy, a riotous volley of plinks, clangs and bongs, or it can be like notes on velvet.’
    • ‘Outside his instrument shop a guy was pretending to play a cardboard banjo, with drawn on strings, sitting there going ‘plink plink plink plonk’ endlessly.’
    • ‘Their sound - flanged acoustic guitars, jazz-funk piano plinks, rippling clicks - is so clean you could eat off it.’
    • ‘She poured cereal into a bowl and watched as the small sugary puffs of chemicals made a plink sound on the blue ceramic.’
    • ‘Occasionally, one breaks the surface and shimmers brilliantly in the light - a brief squeal of stirring music accompanied by swift, subtle piano plinks.’
    • ‘As those synths slide out of range, a cranky whiplash beat briefly takes center stage before relenting to blue-lit micro-beats and gurgling plinks.’
    • ‘He walked into the dining room, and found her setting the table, tears falling with a plink onto the tin dishes.’
    • ‘The camera, held by their neighbour Mr. Jeffries, as he recalled, signalled its mission accomplished with a gentle plink of the IR bulb.’
    • ‘Opening with ever-so-faint-string plucks and piano plinks, the piece evokes scattered rain and slow melt.’
    • ‘It makes a sad little plink noise and falls to the ground.’


1940s: imitative.