punkier; punkiest
: resembling punk in being soft or rotted
punkiness noun


2 of 2

adjective (2)

: resembling or typical of a punk

Examples of punky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Those punky underground influences made their way into her own music onstage, even if her approach was less snarling girl-power than buoyant girl uplift. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2024 In the video, Rodrigo sings about being jealous of and obsessed with her partner's ex-girlfriend, dressed in her usual punky all-black against the debutantes and pageant queens. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 22 Mar. 2024 What did matter was that the boots, punky symbols of past musical rebellions, were central to the unofficial-but-conspicuously-official uniform of Olivia Rodrigo’s Guts World Tour, which began that night. Callie Holtermann Molly Matalon, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2024 Almost immediately, the video went viral, attracting fans of adult animation, Broadway musicals and ribald comedy who, based on the comments and other online reactions, were charmed by the project’s original voice and punky, carefree style. Calum Marsh, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 So the hair is a tribute to the industrial city of Manchester, and is such a wonderfully, punky contrast to Kristen Stewart's Chanel costume in black-and-white. Anna Bader, Glamour, 12 Dec. 2023 In it, a weird little punky girl with the power to assume any form comes to a formidable warrior (voiced by Riz Ahmed) on the verge of knighthood before being framed for killing the queen. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 With its punky layout and snappy editorial voice, the zine grabbed the attention of media insiders and led him to roles at Interview, Paper Magazine, Allure and Vanity Fair, jobs that sustained him for roughly three decades. George Gurley, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2023 For the latter track, Madonna sports a punky tailcoat by Findikoglu, inspired by an archival blazer that the singer wore for a performance in Japan back in the ’80s. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2023

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Word History


Adjective (1)

punk entry 3

Adjective (2)

punk entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1803, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of punky was in 1803

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Cite this Entry

“Punky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punky. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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