Punk | Definition of Punk by Merriam-Webster
\ ˈpəŋk How to pronounce punk (audio) \
plural punks

Definition of punk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a usually petty gangster, hoodlum, or ruffian
b : a punk rock musician
c : one who affects punk styles
3a : a young inexperienced person : beginner, novice especially : a young man
b slang : a young man used as a sexual partner by another man especially in a prison
4 [probably partly from punk entry 3] : nonsense, foolishness
5 archaic : prostitute

Definition of punk (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : of or relating to punk rock
b : relating to or being a style (as of dress or hair) inspired by punk rock
2 : very poor : inferior played a punk game
3 : being in poor health said that she was feeling punk

Definition of punk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : wood so decayed as to be dry, crumbly, and useful for tinder
2 : a preparation (as of a stick of coated wood) that burns slowly and is used to ignite fuses especially of fireworks

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punkish \ ˈpəŋ-​kish How to pronounce punk (audio) \ adjective

Examples of punk in a Sentence

Adjective she plays a punk game of tennis, so you won't have any trouble beating her the acting in the movie ranged all the way from poor to punk

First Known Use of punk

Noun (1)

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at sense 5


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for punk

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

perhaps alteration of spunk

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The first known use of punk was circa 1575

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

Punk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punk. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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\ ˈpəŋk How to pronounce punk (audio) \

Kids Definition of punk

: a rude and violent young man

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