1 an aggressive and violent young criminal [syn: hood, hoodlum, goon, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer]
2 substance that smolders when ignited; used to light fuses (especially fireworks)
4 a teenager or young adult who is a performer (or enthusiast) of punk rock and a member of the punk youth subculture [syn: punk rocker]
5 rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock [syn: punk rock]
- Rhymes: -ʌŋk
- A prostitute.
- , V.i.
- My lord, she may be a punk; for many of them are neither maid, widow, nor wife.
- , V.i.
- In the context of "19th century|rare": The bottom in a male-male sexual
relationship; a catamite.
- Because he was so weak, Vinny soon became Tony's punk.
- In the context of "US|prison|_|slang": A male used for sex by
larger or stronger inmates.
- 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues,
Payback Press 1999, p. 15:
- A punk, if you want it in plain English, is a boy with smooth skin who takes the place of a woman in a jailbird's love life.
- 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 15:
- A social and musical movement rooted in rebelling against the established order.
- The music of the punk movement, known for short songs with electric guitars, strong drums, and a direct, unproduced approach.
- A person subscribing to the movement, a punk rocker.
- Usage note: An informal plural used within the punk subculture is punx.
- A worthless person.
- A juvenile delinquent, young petty criminal or trouble-maker.
- A utensil for lighting wicks or fuses (such as those of
fireworks) resembling stick incense.
- 1907, Jack London, The Road, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14658
- On the end a coal of fire slowly smouldered. It would last for hours, and my cell-mate called it a "punk."
- 1994, Ashland Price, Viking Tempest, p353
- Then, without another word, he rose and left the shelter, apparently in order to light the vessel's wick with a punk from the dying campfire.
- 2004, Shawn Shiflett, Hidden Place, p221
- He raised the cylinder high in the air with his bare hand, used a punk to light the fuse, and KABOOM!
- 1907, Jack London, The Road, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14658
- Various kinds of material used as tinder for lighting fires,
such as agaric, dry
decayed wood or touchwood.http://machaut.uchicago.edu/?resource=Webster%27s&word=punk&use1913=on
- 1899, H. B. Cushman, History of the Choctaw, Chickasaw and
Natchez Indians, p271
- On one occasion a venerable old Indian man, who, in order to light his pipe, was trying to catch a spark upon a piece of punk struck from his flint and steel; ...
- 1922, Harry Ignatius Marshall, The Karen People of Burma, p61
- The oil is mixed with bits of dry wood or punk and moulded into sticks about a cubit long and an inch in diameter by putting it into joints of small bamboo.
- 2001, William W. Johnstone, War of the Mountain Man, p116
- He made him a little smoldering pocket of punk to light the fuses and waited.
- 1899, H. B. Cushman, History of the Choctaw, Chickasaw and Natchez Indians, p271
(16th century) A prostitute
The bottom in a male-male sexual relationship
A social and musical movement rooted in rebelling against the established order
The music of the punk movement
- Croatian: pank
- Finnish: punk
- Norwegian: pønk, punk
A person subscribing to the movement, a punk rocker
- Finnish: punkkari
- Norwegian: pønker, punker
A worthless person
- Finnish: retku
A juvenile delinquent, young petty criminal or trouble-maker
- Finnish: pikkurikollinen
A utensil for lighting fireworks resembling stick incense
Usage notesThe most common usage is as in Punk rock, the social and musical movement. In the UK this is possibly the sole usage with occasional quotation from film, TV etc. as in the example given below.
- 1971 - I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking, "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, I've forgotten myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk? — Clint Eastword as Harry Callahan in the motion picture Dirty Harry
- Of, or resembling the punk subculture
- You look very punk with your t-shirt, piercing and chains.
- (17th century) To pimp.
- Tony punked-out Vinny when he was low on smokes.
- To forcibly perform anal sex upon an
- Tony punked all his new cell-mates.
- To prank.
- I got expelled when I punked the principal.
- To give up or concede; to act like a wimp.
- Jimmy was going to help me with the prank, but he punked-out at the last minute.
Usage notesThe relatively tame 21st century usage of punk was popularized by the American television show Punk'd. Until as recently as the late 20th century, punk still connoted rape or submitting to anal rape (punk-out). The second use of the term punk-out is now comparable to acting like a pussy'' and mildly implies submissive behavior in general.
Punk may refer to:
- Punk rock, an anti-establishment rock music genre
- Punk subculture, a subculture associated with punk rock
- Punk fashion, clothing styles associated with the punk subculture
- Punk ideologies, a group of social and political beliefs associated with the punk subculture
- Punk visual art, artwork associated with the punk subculture
- Punk (magazine), a 1970s United States punk fanzine
- Punk (fireworks), a utensil for lighting fireworks
- Punk, an archaic term for prostitute, as used by Shakespeare
- Punk, one of the Mega Man Killers, robots in the Mega Man Classic video game series
- "Punk", a single from the 2003 album Right of Way by Ferry Corsten
- "Punk", a song from the band Gorillaz's debut album
Punk may also refer to:
–punk as a suffix can also be used to describe several different literary genres.
punk in Breton: Punk
punk in Italian: Punk
punk in Hebrew: פאנק
punk in Dutch: Punk
punk in Japanese: パンク (曖昧さ回避)
punk in Portuguese: Punk (desambiguação)
punk in Turkish: Punk
punk in Thai: พังก์
punk in Chinese: 龐克
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