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1honky–tonk

noun hon·ky–tonk \ˈhäŋ-kē-ˌtäŋk, ˈhŋ-kē-ˌtŋk\

: a type of lively music usually performed on a piano

: a type of country music with a heavy beat

: a cheap nightclub or dance hall that often features country music

Full Definition of HONKY-TONK

1
:  a usually tawdry nightclub or dance hall; especially :  one that features country music
2
:  a district marked by places of cheap entertainment
3
:  country music that has a heavy beat and lyrics dealing usually with vice or misfortune
hon·ky–tonk·er \-ˌtäŋ-kər, -ˌtŋ-\ noun

Origin of HONKY-TONK

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1894

2honky–tonk

adjective

Definition of HONKY-TONK

1
:  of, used in, or being a form of ragtime piano playing performed typically on an upright piano
2
:  marked by or characteristic of honky-tonks

First Known Use of HONKY-TONK

circa 1920

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