\ ˈzäŋk How to pronounce zonk (audio) , ˈzȯŋk \
zonked; zonking; zonks

Definition of zonk

transitive verb

: stun, stupefy also : strike, zap often used with out

intransitive verb

: to pass out from or as if from alcohol or a drug often used with out

Examples of zonk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New adventures expend both their mental and physical energy, and usually zonk them out afterward. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Is your dog bored, anxious? Here are 5 ways to make dogs happy," 11 Mar. 2021 Relatively few zonked rock fans heard the only important piece of music to come out of the 1969 get-together. Robert Christgau, Los Angeles Times, "Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star Spangled Banner’ is the anthem we need in the age of Trump," 13 Aug. 2019 So what happens if your car heater zonks out in mid-January? Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Fix Your Car's Heater," 11 Nov. 2019 When her mom was zonked out, Sandi’s older sister Rhonda stepped in as a surrogate parent, making Sandi, the baby of the family, dinner and taking her to school. cleveland.com, "NEXT:," 24 Sep. 2019 Surprising Factoid: Even zonked on sleeping pills, one can still order fur coats and a restaurant’s worth of Chinese food. Alison Murphy, WSJ, "3 Books That Teach You How to Concentrate in a Digital Age," 16 Nov. 2018 By this time, everybody is off the bus rolling in the brown grass by the shoulder, laughing, giggling, yahooing, zonked to the skies on acid, because, mon, the woods are burning, the whole world is on fire. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Tom Wolfe reunited journalism with literature.," 15 May 2018 In today’s episode of Mean Guys, Denny takes his five-iron home in a huff because Bubba is spreading rumors in the clubhouse about Denny getting zonked on some kind of crazy juice. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jimmie Johnson vows to rise up despite age-old circumstances," 27 Feb. 2018 And struggling to hold the phone to your ear because your biceps are so freaking zonked? K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "Let’s Stop Using Sore Muscles as a Badge of Honor," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of zonk

1950, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for zonk

probably imitative

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“Zonk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zonk. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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