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honky-tonk

noun hon·ky-tonk \ ˈhäŋ-kē-ˌtäŋk , ˈhȯŋ-kē-ˌtȯŋk \

Definition of honky-tonk

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-tonker

play \ˈhäŋ-kē-ˌtäŋ-kər, ˈhȯŋ-kē-ˌtȯŋ-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of honky-tonk

origin unknown


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honky-tonk

adjective

Definition of honky-tonk

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

First Known Use of honky-tonk

1899


HONKY-TONK Defined for English Language Learners

honky-tonk

noun

Definition of honky-tonk for English Language Learners

  • : a type of lively music usually performed on a piano

  • : a type of country music with a heavy beat

  • : a cheap nightclub or dance hall that often features country music


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