from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of plonk.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word plonking.


  • Readers unfamiliar with the word plonking should consult the works of Stephen Potter passim.

    Armageddon Now?

  • I love custard! whether pure or if the recipe asks for some 'plonking' of custard.


  • My research tells me that "plonking" may be defined as the art of making the utterly obvious stupefyingly clear!

    Recession, Inflation and Energy

  • That may well be nothing more than a Sunday-night sandwich, but I am finding posh pubs, too, are plonking it on the side of everything from fish cakes to vegetable tarts.

    Nigel Slater's runner bean chutney and simple pear tart recipes

  • Aside from the obvious lone-parenting issues – plonking your child in front of Peppa Pig while you go to the loo with the door open, for example – the biggest difference was being able to create our own timetable.

    Charlie Condou: The three of us

  • India's collection of medium-pacers—a rising factor in the game as the growing volume of cricket played makes the life of the genuine paceman an injury-ridden nightmare—have executed a very simple plan brilliantly, plonking the ball on a certain line and length, varying their pace and wobbling it a bit in the air, and England have had no answer.

    Both India, England Struggle on Foreign Soil

  • I personally think that IKEA is the very last place you should purchase from—their sofas are uncomfortable and there is nothing worse than coming home at the end of the day and plonking down on something that shoots you straight back out again!

    The Best in Squooshy Sofas

  • And then we'd have missed out on this piano-plonking, pappy, pop puffery.

    This week's new singles

  • There are millions and millions of New Yorkers who, while aware that pizza in a ritzy suburb is going to be pricey and possibly even able to afford it now and then, would certainly think hard about plonking down $50 for it, and would probably exercise another option.

    Matthew Yglesias » Critique of Pure Yglesias

  • Polkinghorne was right, I think, to criticize Dawkins for being a plonking literalist for wrongly believing that believers are mostly plonking literalists.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.