honky-tonk

noun
hon·​ky-tonk | \ ˈhäŋ-kē-ˌtäŋk How to pronounce honky-tonk (audio) , ˈhȯŋ-kē-ˌtȯŋk\

Definition of honky-tonk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually tawdry nightclub or dance hall especially : one that features country music
2 : a district marked by places of cheap entertainment
3 : country music that has a heavy beat and lyrics dealing usually with vice or misfortune

honky-tonk

adjective

Definition of honky-tonk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, used in, or being a form of ragtime piano playing performed typically on an upright piano
2 : marked by or characteristic of honky-tonks

Other Words from honky-tonk

Noun

honky-tonker \ ˈhäŋ-​kē-​ˌtäŋ-​kər How to pronounce honky-tonker (audio) , ˈhȯŋ-​kē-​ˌtȯŋ-​ \ noun

First Known Use of honky-tonk

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for honky-tonk

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honky-tonk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honky-tonk

: a type of lively music usually performed on a piano
US : a type of country music with a heavy beat
US : a cheap nightclub or dance hall that often features country music

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