noun (1)
\ ˈpəŋk How to pronounce punk (audio) \

Definition of punk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : prostitute
2 [ probably partly from 3punk ] : nonsense, foolishness
3a : a young inexperienced person : beginner, novice especially : a young man
b : a usually petty gangster, hoodlum, or ruffian
c slang : a young man used as a homosexual partner especially in a prison
4a : punk rock
b : a punk rock musician
c : one who affects punk styles



Definition of punk (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : very poor : inferior played a punk game
2 : being in poor health said that she was feeling punk
3a : of or relating to punk rock
b : relating to or being a style (as of dress or hair) inspired by punk rock


noun (2)

Definition of punk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : wood so decayed as to be dry, crumbly, and useful for tinder
2 : a preparation (as of a stick of coated wood) that burns slowly and is used to ignite fuses especially of fireworks

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Other Words from punk


punkish \ ˈpəŋ-​kish How to pronounce punkish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of punk in a Sentence


she plays a punk game of tennis, so you won't have any trouble beating her the acting in the movie ranged all the way from poor to punk

First Known Use of punk

Noun (1)

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for punk

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

perhaps alteration of spunk

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\ ˈpəŋk How to pronounce punk (audio) \

Kids Definition of punk

: a rude and violent young man

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