ˈbäŋk How to pronounce bonk (audio)
bonked; bonking; bonks
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
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
transitive, chiefly British, informal : to have sexual intercourse with (someone)

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 Jake Elliott’s 48-yard field goal attempt bonked off the left upright and over the bar to give the Eagles a 22-14 lead with 13:21 left in the fourth quarter. Ben Volin,, 10 Sep. 2023 Meryl bonking herself on the head with a lantern during a dance number? Time, 14 Aug. 2023 And in those crazy-long races when, many hours in, everything hurts and the guys who went out way too fast are bonking, and the others are stopping every 30 minutes to suck down an energy gel, women will breeze past them on their way to the finish line. Meaghen Brown, Outside Online, 11 Apr. 2017 Chang is not met by Wujing, but instead by Alban Veseli (Daniel Sauli), who bonks Ressler over the head with the briefcase and tries to flee via motorized scooter. Tanya Melendez,, 17 Apr. 2023 Many runners even bonk towards the end. Greg McMillan, Outside Online, 29 July 2019 Our experts appreciate the quick-release leash attachment and locking clip that ensures your pup won't accidentally bonk the carabiner that attaches them to the leash and break free. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 12 Jan. 2023 Some might get bonked on the head by a gigantic balloon shaped like a hammer and fall behind. Elise Favis, Washington Post, 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,, 1 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bonk was in 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Bonk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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