An act of lying face down atop an object, landmark, animal or other person, then stiffening one's form so that one's arms are firmly held by one's side and toes are pointed; taking on the physical characteristics of a plank.

Planking is usually recorded and uploaded to social networking sites to gain kudos for the level of comedy, aesthetic or endangerment accomplished in execution.

It is said to have originated in Adelaide, South Australia.
Nah dude, he's just planking the troposphere.
by Nib Oswald May 15, 2011
Established in Australia. When and individual lays down stiff and straight with hand by his/her side in the most awkward and inappropriate places possible (cop cars, poles, buildings, in public) and often take a photo of themselves and share with friends
friend: i wasn't that drunk
other friend: dude you tried planking my cat.
by rangahah May 15, 2011
When one proceeds to lie flat on a dangerous/unusual surface, with their hands by their sides. A photo is then taken of the planker, and posted online. It is a competition to plank in the most unusual/dangerous place. People have died planking - yet it is still an internet craze. Its fucking stupid.
Dude, did you see that guy lying on top of that 8 storey high pole?

Yeah man, he was planking.

Oh. Get a photo before he fell?
by jahhman23 May 20, 2011
The internet craze that is sweeping the nation. Planking is for people who travel, are not athletic in any way, and who want to be noticed on the internet. It is the most disgraceful trend humanity has ever allowed themselves to do.
Ben: "Hey, I saw your planking pose on youtube, where were you?"
Kyle: "Oh, just on the Seattle Space Needle"
Ben: "Kyle, planking is for dumb faggots who aren't athletic, but their IQ is about the same number as their shoe size."
by Americanfather1953 July 17, 2011
Probably the most stupid thing you will ever see in this world. If you see something stupider than that, you can kill yourself. Planking is recognized by some as a "sport", -which I say, if they insist calling it a sport, then it's gotta be the only sport americans can practice.-

It consists in one dumb moron laying down with his face on the floor. Believe it or not, one person got killed while practicing this "sport".
Matt: Hey Steve, have you seen the pictures of me planking?
Steve: Of you doing what?
Matt: Planking! Here, check it out.
<shows the pics>
Steve: Big deal, dude. That's what I do every night to sleep.
by Guilherme133 May 21, 2011
The latest and by far the lamest internet craze in which "people" (mostly bored juveniles and and immature, attention-seeking virgins) participate in.

It involves lying down on your stomach in a public place, with your arms on your side and feet pointed, trying to resemble a plank.

"Plankers" will often take photographs of themselves and post them on facebook, so that their other planking friends can see what an amazing accomplishment they have achieved.

These are the official rules of planking according to there Facebook page:

When performing a Plank:

1/ You must always lay face down, ensuring your face remains expressionless for the duration of the Plank.

2/ Your legs must remain straight, and together with toes pointed.

3/ Your arms must be placed by your side, held straight and fingers pointed.

4/ You must make it known that you are Planking. Saying 'I am Planking' usually get this across. Sternly announcing it will ensure a good result.

5/ Your safety should always be considered. Properly thought through Planking procedures should always go to plan. Never put your self at undue risk.

6/ Every Plank that is captured must be named.
Jack "Hey dude, let's go planking"

John "What? You do that gay shit? Get away from me"
by numeratededed May 15, 2011
1.) The stupidest fucking idea on the face of the earth. Famous in Stafford, VA.

2.) The act of laying face down on something in a rigid state for no fucking reason and taking a picture.
Idiot: HEY I'M GONNA GO LAY DOWN ON THIS TRASHCAN, TAKE A PICTURE OF ME PLANKING!
Sane Person: Why the fuck would I do that.
Idiot: BECAUSE ITS COOL.
by IfuckinghatePlanking May 24, 2011

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