\ ˈkäŋk How to pronounce conk (audio) , ˈkȯŋk \

Definition of conk

 (Entry 1 of 6)

slang, chiefly British
conked; conking; conks

Definition of conk (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

: to hit especially on the head : knock out

Definition of conk (Entry 3 of 6)

: the visible fruiting body of a bracket fungus also : decay caused by such a fungus
conked; conking; conks

Definition of conk (Entry 4 of 6)

intransitive verb

1 : break down especially : stall usually used with out the motor suddenly conked out
2a : faint
b : to go to sleep usually used with off or outconked out for a while after lunch
c : die I caught pneumonia. I almost conked— Truman Capote
conked; conking; conks

Definition of conk (Entry 5 of 6)

transitive verb

: to straighten out (hair) usually by the use of chemicals

Definition of conk (Entry 6 of 6)

: a hairstyle in which the hair is straightened out and flattened down or lightly waved

called also process

Other Words from conk

Noun (2)

conky \ ˈkäŋ-​kē How to pronounce conky (audio) , ˈkȯŋ-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of conk

Noun (1)

1812, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1821, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (3)

1943, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conk

Noun (1)

perhaps from conch

Verb (1)

English slang conk head

Noun (2)

probably alteration of conch

Verb (2)

probably imitative

Verb (3)

probably by shortening & alteration from congolene preparation used for straightening hair

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“Conk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conking. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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