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honky–tonk

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noun hon·ky–tonk \ˈhäŋ-kē-ˌtäŋk, ˈhȯŋ-kē-ˌtȯŋk\

Simple Definition of honky–tonk

  • : 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. 1 :  a usually tawdry nightclub or dance hall; especially :  one that features country music

  2. 2 :  a district marked by places of cheap entertainment

  3. 3 :  country music that has a heavy beat and lyrics dealing usually with vice or misfortune

hon·ky–tonk·er play \-ˌtäŋ-kər, -ˌtȯŋ-\ noun

Origin of honky–tonk

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1894


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honky–tonk

adjective hon·ky–tonk

Definition of honky–tonk

  1. 1 :  of, used in, or being a form of ragtime piano playing performed typically on an upright piano

  2. 2 :  marked by or characteristic of honky-tonks



Circa 1920

First Known Use of honky–tonk

circa 1920


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