Conked



[kongk, kawngk] /kɒŋk, kɔŋk/ Slang.

noun
1.
the head.
2.
a blow on the head.
3.
British. the nose.
verb (used with object)
4.
to hit or strike on the head.
[kongk, kawngk] /kɒŋk, kɔŋk/
verb (used without object), Slang.
1.
to break or fail, as a machine or engine (often followed by out):
The engine conked out halfway there.
2.
to slow down or stop; lose energy (often followed by out).
3.
to go to sleep (usually followed by off or out).
4.
to lose consciousness; faint (usually followed by out).
5.
to die (usually followed by out).
[kongk, kawngk] /kɒŋk, kɔŋk/ Slang.
noun
1.
a method of chemically straightening the hair.
2.
a hairstyle in which the hair has been chemically straightened and sometimes set into waves.
verb (used with object)
3.
to straighten (kinky hair) by the use of chemicals:
to have one’s hair conked.
/kɒŋk/
verb
1.
to strike (someone) a blow, esp on the head or nose
noun
2.
a punch or blow, esp on the head or nose
3.
the head or (esp Brit and NZ) the nose
v.

as in conk out, 1918, coined by World War I airmen, perhaps in imitation of the sound of a stalling motor, reinforced by conk (v.) “hit on the head,” originally “punch in the nose” (1821), from conk (n.), slang for “nose” (1812), perhaps from fancied resemblance to a conch (pronounced “conk”) shell.

adjective

Of hair, straightened by application of lye or other chemicals: pegged pants, conked heads, tight skirts (1940s+ Black)

noun

The head •Conk designated the nose earlier, by 1812 (1860s+)

verb

Related Terms

bust one’s ass

[probably fr conch]

noun

: I couldn’t get over marveling at how their hair was straight and shiny like white men’s hair; Ella told me this was called ”conk”

verb

To apply a mixture sometimes containing lye to the head in order to straighten kinky hair

[1940s+ Black; probably fr Congolene, trademark of a preparation used to straighten hair, influenced by conk1]

verb

To die; cease to operate; conk out: A year after that, a spinster aunt conked (WWI Royal Flying Corps)

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