Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
PLUNK, v.2, intr. To absent oneself from school without leave, to play truant (wm.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; m. and s.Sc. 1966); to go away and hide, to conceal oneself, skulk; tr. to play truant from (the school), to dodge. Deriv. plunker, a truant (Sc. 1825 Jam.); a recalcitrant horse, a jibber (Sc. 1880 Jam.).
Gsw. 1809 D. Murray Old College (1927) 562:
“Plunking the class”, he continues, “was so frequent as to cause numerous rows in Jammy's class, the absentees on their return being taken for strangers.” Rnf. 1840 Private MS. per
I saw Jean Anderson cast Sabbath and yesterday. On the afternoons of both days she was plunking. Edb. 1876 J. Smith Archie and Bess 16:
I'll no plunk the schule ony mair. Arg. 1905 Argyllshire Herald (11 March):
'Twas there we hid oor books an slates when we did plunk the schule. Lnk. 1909 W. Wingate Poems (1919) 71:
'Twas a bonnie day — and a day o' dule The day I plunkit the Sawbath schule! Ayr. 1945 B. Fergusson Lowland Soldier 25:
He plunkit the school And catched with a preen Seven trouts in the Gigmagog pool. Wgt. 1951 Gall. Gazette (27 Oct.):
In the country district around Stranraer he has heard of pupils “skipping” the school, “plunking” the school and “bulking” the school. Per. 1964 1 :
You've tae count a hunder while we go and plunk.
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