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 This sets off an argument between Jo and Magnus that results in Magnus getting bonked on the head and Jo absconding with Alice. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 28 Feb. 2024 What’s rather odd to today’s eyes isn’t just the subject of men standing in shallow boats on a glassy lagoon aiming their bows down into the water where birds swim, bonking them on the head with pellets to knock them out. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 The massive, stainless steel behemoth bonked into the sign around 11:45 p.m. Sunday after it was involved in a collision with another vehicle, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 April tries to return a volley and then bonks herself in the nose with the pickleball., 19 Oct. 2023 The Super Mario part asks you to navigate throughout the game world by running and jumping and grabbing coins, occasionally bonking floating blocks with your head to get stuff out of them. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023 The woman, at one point, swings her leg back in attitude until her foot bonks her partner’s head. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2023 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

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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