punk rock


Definition of punk rock

: rock music marked by extreme and often deliberately offensive expressions of alienation and social discontent

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punk rocker noun

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The combo makes every dude look like a punk rock god about to take the stage. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "20 Cool Outfits for Guys That Instantly Make Them a Million Times Hotter," 29 Apr. 2019 Beto O'Rourke was in a punk rock band, Foss, at one point. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Beto O'Rourke Music Videos for When You Need a Little Pick-Me-Up," 14 Mar. 2019 There was something punk rock about Bobby Kennedy not going where the pollsters said or where consultants said. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 Think Shakespeare in Love with much higher stakes—and punk rock music. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Is the Sexy Take on William Shakespeare You've Been Waiting For," 13 June 2017 As a teenager O’Rourke found a home in El Paso’s burgeoning punk rock scene. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 Deneke had been an entrenched part of Amarillo’s punk rock scene. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "How the Killing of a Punk Rocker by a Clean-Cut Jock Tore a Texas City Apart," 27 Apr. 2018 Jenny, starting a punk rock trend at school is ridiculous. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Texas Republicans have tried to undercut O’Rourke’s campaign by focusing on parts of his past, including his days in a punk rock band and a 1998 drunk-driving arrest in El Paso. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Top Trump official reportedly said Ted Cruz has a likability problem that could cost him his Senate seat," 9 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of punk rock

1970, in the meaning defined above

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