any prepared substance, usually in stick form, that will smolder and can be used to light fireworks, fuses, etc.
dry, decayed wood that can be used as tinder.
a spongy substance derived from fungi; amadou; touchwood.
a style or movement characterized by the adoption of aggressively unconventional and often bizarre or shocking clothing, hairstyles, makeup, etc., and the defiance of social norms of behavior, usually associated with punk rock musicians and fans.
Archaic. a prostitute.
Informal. poor in quality or condition.
of, relating to, or characteristic of :
a punk band.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or adopting punk styles:
punk youths; punk hairstyles in various colors.
an inferior, rotten, or worthless person or thing
worthless articles collectively
a petty criminal or hoodlum
(obsolete) a young male homosexual; catamite
(obsolete) a prostitute
inferior, rotten, or worthless
dried decayed wood that smoulders when ignited: used as tinder
any of various other substances that smoulder when ignited, esp one used to light fireworks
“inferior, bad,” 1896, also as a noun, “something worthless,” earlier “rotten wood used as tinder” (1680s), “A word in common use in New England, as well as in the other Northern States and Canada” [Bartlett]; perhaps from Delaware (Algonquian) ponk, literally “dust, powder, ashes;” but Gaelic spong “tinder” also has been suggested (cf. spunk “touchwood, tinder,” 1580s).
“Chinese incense,” 1870, from punk (adj.).
“worthless person” (especially a young hoodlum), 1917, probably from punk kid “criminal’s apprentice,” underworld slang first attested 1904 (with overtones of “catamite”). Ultimately from punk (n.1) or else from punk “prostitute, harlot, strumpet,” first recorded 1590s, of unknown origin.
For sense shift from “harlot” to “homosexual,” cf. gay. By 1923 used generally for “young boy, inexperienced person” (originally in show business, e.g. punk day, circus slang from 1930, “day when children are admitted free”). The verb meaning “to back out of” is from 1920.
The “young criminal” sense is no doubt the inspiration in punk rock first attested 1971 (in a Dave Marsh article in “Creem,” referring to Rudi “Question Mark” Martinez); popularized 1976.
If you looked different, people tried to intimidate you all the time. It was the same kind of crap you had to put up with as a hippie, when people started growing long hair. Only now it was the guys with the long hair yelling at you. You think they would have learned something. I had this extreme parrot red hair and I got hassled so much I carried a sign that said “FUCK YOU ASSHOLE.” I got so tired of yelling it, I would just hold up the sign. [Bobby Startup, Philadelphia punk DJ, “Philadelphia Weekly,” Oct. 10, 2001]
A type of rock ‘n’ roll with loud, energetic music and often harsh lyrics criticizing traditional society and culture. It was named after the punks, an anarchistic youth movement that surfaced in Great Britain in the 1970s.
To sodomize; do anal sex to; bugger, cornhole: The guy peeled off Tate’s pants and punked him (1970s+)
[ultimately fr 1500s British, ”prostitute, harlot,” of unknown origin]
Inferior;poor; bad: The idea strikes me as punk (1896+)
: the punk workers who sell corn removers
[probably early 1700s, ”rotting wood, touchwood,” of unknown origin, usu taken to be fr spunk, of the same meaning, fr Gaelic spong, ”tinder”]
: The atmosphere in North London’s pubs is really punk
(also punker) An adherent to a style of dress and behavior marked by seemingly threatening, dangerous, and aggressive attributes, such as safety pins worn through ear lobes, razor blades around the neck, and torn clothes: In the beginning, punk wasn’t just fashion. Punk was outrage (1976+)
[originally meant to be reminiscent of the hoodlums called punks in the 1950s, but soon an independent style]
[puhng-kuh] /ˈpʌŋ kə/ noun 1. (especially in India) a fan, especially a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery. adjective 2. of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah: punkah ropes. /ˈpʌŋkə/ noun 1. a fan made of a palm leaf or leaves
noun a subgenre of music combining elements of punk rock and rockabilly music; also, a performer or performance of this music Examples Punkabilly is a subculture that mixes 1970s punk rock and 1950s rockabilly. adjective See punkabilly Word Origin 1978 Usage Note also punkabilly , (adj.)
adjective Unpleasant, deplorable •Used to describe a person: your punk-ass white friend (1920+)
[puhng-kuh] /ˈpʌŋ kə/ noun 1. (especially in India) a fan, especially a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery. adjective 2. of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah: punkah ropes.