A stylish punker standing against a graffiti wall.
- A kid who hangs around on the street all day giving attitude and occasionally shoplifting or stealing wallets is an example of a punk.
- A follower of aggressive 1970's rock music who wears his hair in a Mohawk and dyes it blue is an example of a punk.
Origin of punkprobably variant, variety of spunk
- Obs. a prostitute
- a male homosexual
- a young hoodlum
- any person, esp. a youngster, regarded as inexperienced, insignificant, presumptuous, etc.
- punk rock
- a style, originating among fans of punk rock, characterized by motley clothes, oddly clipped hair, etc.
Origin of punkEarly Modern English slang from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Slang poor or bad in condition, quality, etc.
- of or having to do with punk rock or the style called punk
- Slang a. An often aggressive or violent young man: The building was set on fire by a bunch of punks.b. An inexperienced young person: We don't want that little punk tagging along.c. A cowardly or weak young man: Don't let him disrespect you—show him you're not a punk.
- Music a. Punk rock.b. A punk rocker.
- a. Slang A young man who is the sexual partner of an older man, especially in prison.b. Archaic A prostitute.
verbpunked, punk·ing, punks Slang
- To humiliate (someone). Often used with down or out.
- a. To dupe or deceive.b. To play a practical joke on.
Origin of punkOrigin unknown
- Dry decayed wood, used as tinder.
- Any of various substances that smolder when ignited, used to light fireworks.
- Chinese incense.
- Of poor quality; worthless.
- Weak in spirits or health.
Origin of punkProbably of eastern Algonquian origin