punk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj punk of very poor quality; flimsy
    • n punk rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock
    • n punk an aggressive and violent young criminal
    • n punk a teenager or young adult who is a performer (or enthusiast) of punk rock and a member of the punk youth subculture
    • n punk material for starting a fire
    • n punk substance that smolders when ignited; used to light fuses (especially fireworks)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Punk A fungus (Polyporus fomentarius, etc.) sometimes dried for tinder; agaric.
    • Punk A prostitute; a strumpet.
    • Punk An artificial tinder. See Amadou, and Spunk.
    • Punk Wood so decayed as to be dry, crumbly, and useful for tinder; touchwood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n punk Wood decayed through the influence of a fungus or otherwise, and used like tinder; touchwood.
    • n punk Tinder made from certain fungi. See amadou and fungus-tinder.
    • n punk A prostitute; a courtezan.
    • punk To strike or pound with the closed fist.
    • n punk A punch or pound with the closed fist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Punk pungk rotten wood used as tinder:
    • n Punk pungk (Shak.) a strumpet.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Spunk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Spunk.

Usage

In literature:

Sounds as though you had rather a punk impression of me, Edwards.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He's a punk sailor, to begin with.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Ye've got punk, an' may make a fire o' the sage-brush.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
They were all sizes, but most of them were large, and you need not "punk" them to see if they were ripe.
"The Flight of Pony Baker" by W. D. Howells
A streak of punk or rot?
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
We made our fire with flint an' punk (rotten wood).
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
I wur soon clost up, an' seed at a glimp that the calf wur as rotten as punk.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
There were debates, classes, and much intellectual exercise that struck sparks from heads that were once punk.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The chances are it's pretty punk, being so old; and the lock must be rusty, too.
"Fred Fenton on the Track" by Allen Chapman
I mean, he's a fresh young punk, that's all.
"The Highest Treason" by Randall Garrett
He fished from his pocket a flat Japanese hand-warmer, lighted the paper-cased punk, snapped it shut, and passed it to her.
"Blue-Bird Weather" by Robert W. Chambers
Wainamoinen hastened after it, and at length caught it hidden in a mass of punk-wood.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
Without us, you're just a lost, fresh punk!
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
We must be playing pretty punk, I guess.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The precious piece of punk was carefully wrapped in a piece of the sleeve of his flannel blouse.
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
And, gee but you were the punk speller!
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
I wur soon close up, and seen at a glimpse that the calf wur as rotten as punk.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
The receptacle was filled with the ash of punk and charcoal.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
You did an awful punk job.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
A piece of burning punk lay in the road, and presently he stepped on that.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
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In poetry:

COME swish around, my pretty punk,
And keep me dancing still
That I may stay a sober man
Although I drink my fill.
"A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety" by William Butler Yeats
He adds, that I have oft got drunk —
Oft dally'd with some common punk —
A thousand times the sabbath broke,
And of religion made a joke.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Aye, but it rouses loyal spunk
To think of that old tree!
Its stately stem, its spacious trunk
By Nature robbed of pith and punk
To guard our liberty.
"The Charter Oak" by Hattie Howard
Be therefore well-advis'd, the Godhead fear,
Regard thy soul, as long as thou dost live,
Of such attachments cautiously beware,
Nor to a punk thy Saviour's members give.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
Like Esau's, 'tis a bargain most unwise,
A bargain, that will make thee wail and weep,
To sell thy bright reversion in the skies,
A night perhaps with some lewd punk to sleep!
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
Wilt thou remain in the drear gloom of hell?
Wilt thou be imprison'd in that dark abyss?
Wilt thou with Satan's sinful children well,
Only that thou some common punk may'st kiss?
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Punk Rock Pillow Fight Various locations.
CM Punk vs Mark Henry.
A supporter of the Russian female punk band "Pussy Riot" sports a mask during a protest outside the Russian consulate in Toronto on Friday, Aug 17, 2012.
Post-Thanksgiving punk party 'til you puke.
Everyone's home for T-Day, so the Mean Jeans are hosting a post-Thanksgiving punk party 'til you puke.
Teams With Fellow Punk Vet Jello Biafra.
Daft Punk's music — a harder, better, faster, stronger, wittier take on space disco — may just be the most important sound of the 2000s.
Daft Punk's debut is pure synapse-tweaking brilliance.
Jay-Z Enlists Kanye West, Daft Punk, Coldplay for NBA Video Game Soundtrack (Video).
Four Americans gave up their careers as teacher, soldier, punk-rock-singer, and rapper to become Franciscan friars in the toughest district of Ireland's toughest city.
Bad religion I want to conquer the world punk o rama 6.
For the past decade, absurdist art-punk firing squad Les Savy Fav have been one of the city's most consistently entertaining live acts.
A bludgeoning punk track from OFF .
OFF is a punk band in the classic style.
Against Me punk rock band singer Tom Gabel , who came out as transgender to Rolling Stone, has been singing about his identity struggle for years.
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