bonk

verb
\ ˈbäŋk How to pronounce bonk (audio) , ˈbȯŋk \
bonked; bonking; bonks

Definition of bonk

1 transitive, informal : hit Johnson isn't the only one who has noticed the glut of acorns this fall. Walkers are getting bonked on the head, and cars are getting pelted by the falling nuts.— Lori Stabile
2 intransitive, informal : to experience sudden, severe fatigue during strenuous activity Two hours into the ride, you encounter a sudden loss of energy that leaves you weak, dizzy and nauseated. You've hit the wall, or "bonked."— Sharon Cohen
3 transitive, chiefly British, informal : to have sexual intercourse with (someone) … just another middle-aged white guy writing about the women he's bonked.— John Powers

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Examples of bonk in a Sentence

He bonked him on the head. The golf ball bonked the hood of the car.
Recent Examples on the Web Some might get bonked on the head by a gigantic balloon shaped like a hammer and fall behind. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "The best games at PAX East," 2 Mar. 2020 Hibbs skied shirtless and helmet-less in a pair of tan overalls and worried at times about blowing out a knee or bonking his head. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Skier shreds SF’s hills in new film, ‘The Kook’," 1 Mar. 2020 The only major injury suffered in the 1998 Civil War was to an OSU freshman student, who was bonked on the head by a tumbling goal post. oregonlive, "Canzano: 123 Civil War football facts you need to know, if you don’t already," 27 Nov. 2019 The women all bent their elbows upward, like cactuses, to make sure nobody got bonked. Washington Post, "I walked ‘like a man’ for a week, and here’s what I realized.," 26 Nov. 2019 Ideally, this would lead to a scrum of cars all jockeying for the same zone and bonking each other out of it. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onrush game review: Sexy arcade racing in serious need of a tune-up," 5 June 2018 Cars crash and characters are repeatedly bonked on the head, every brutality erupting on a canvas that’s studiously devoid of affect. Jeannette Catsoulis, miamiherald, "In ‘Have a Nice Day,’ a follow-the-money tale in China | Miami Herald," 14 Feb. 2018 Desisa bonked in the time trial and finished with a time of 2:14:10. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Previewing the 2018 Boston Marathon: Four Elite Women Vie to End U.S. Drought," 12 Apr. 2018 Cars crash and characters are repeatedly bonked on the head, every brutality erupting on a canvas that’s studiously devoid of affect. Jeannette Catsoulis, miamiherald, "In ‘Have a Nice Day,’ a follow-the-money tale in China | Miami Herald," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bonk

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bonk

imitative

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“Bonk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bonk. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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bonk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bonk

informal
: to hit (someone or something)
British : to have sexual intercourse with (someone)

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