punk rock


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

Examples of punk rock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About three years ago, Fat Mike came to Vegas with the idea of opening a punk rock store. Brett Martin, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 The annual punk rock summit will return for a third year to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, kicking off Oct. 19, 2024. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2023 The crowd obeys: The group’s combination of chaos, commands and confrontation — not to mention Lunny’s utter fearlessness — is everything a classic punk rock show requires, and within just a few minutes the crowd has grown to more than 100 people, and then more. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 19 Oct. 2023 This is a chance to own a piece of punk rock history. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2023 Lizards, snakes, and punk rock are living testament to the efficacy of eating your own ass. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 11 Aug. 2023 Located in London’s West Chelsea neighborhood, Rotten, who was born John Lydon, lived here between 1978 and 1981 during the punk rock band’s heyday. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2023 Soti is more of this punk rock drummer from Long Beach. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2023 For Britons of a certain age, Feargal Sharkey will be best known as the lean, raw and energetic lead singer of the Undertones, a band that burst onto the country’s music scene in the late 1970s in a vibrant postscript to the era of punk rock. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of punk rock was in 1970

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“Punk rock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punk%20rock. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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punk rock

: rock music marked by extreme expressions of anger and social discontent

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