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punk

play
noun \ˈpəŋk\

Definition of punk

  1. 1 archaic :  prostitute

  2. 2 [probably partly from 3punk] :  nonsense, foolishness

  3. 3 a :  a young inexperienced person :  beginner, novice; especially :  a young man b :  a usually petty gangster, hoodlum, or ruffian c slang :  a young man used as a homosexual partner especially in a prison

  4. 4 a :  punk rock b :  a punk rock musician c :  one who affects punk styles



Origin of punk

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1596


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punk

adjective

Definition of punk

  1. 1 :  very poor :  inferior <played a punk game>

  2. 2 :  being in poor health <said that she was feeling punk>

  3. 3 a :  of or relating to punk rock b :  relating to or being a style (as of dress or hair) inspired by punk rock

punk·ish play \ˈpəŋ-kish\ adjective


Examples of punk

  1. <she plays a punk game of tennis, so you won't have any trouble beating her>

  2. <the acting in the movie ranged all the way from poor to punk>



1896

First Known Use of punk

1896


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punk

noun

Definition of punk

  1. 1 :  wood so decayed as to be dry, crumbly, and useful for tinder

  2. 2 :  a preparation (as of a stick of coated wood) that burns slowly and is used to ignite fuses especially of fireworks



Origin of punk

perhaps alteration of spunk


First Known Use: 1687

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