\ ˈpəŋ-kē How to pronounce punky (audio) \
punkier; punkiest

Definition of punky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling punk in being soft or rotted

Definition of punky (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling or typical of a punk

Other Words from punky

Adjective (1)

punkiness noun

First Known Use of punky

Adjective (1)

1803, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for punky

Adjective (1)

punk entry 3

Adjective (2)

punk entry 1

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“Punky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punky. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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