- Punk is defined as a young, rebellious person, or aggressive rock music that was popular in the 1970's and those who admire that style of music.
- 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
- Obsolete a prostitute
- ☆ Slang
- 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural punks)
- (countable) A juvenile delinquent, young petty criminal or trouble-maker.
- (uncountable) Any material used as tinder for lighting fires, such as agaric, dried wood, or touchwood., especially wood altered by certain fungi.
- (countable) A utensil for lighting wicks or fuses (such as those of fireworks) resembling stick incense.
- 1663: Samuel Butler, Hudibras.
- And made them fight, like mad or drunk,For Dame Religion, as for punk.
- (countable) (19th century, rare) The bottom in a male-male sexual relationship; a catamite.
- Because he was so weak, Vinny soon became Tony's punk.
- (US, prison slang) A male used for sex by larger or stronger inmates, a pussyboy
- (uncountable) A social and musical movement rooted in rebelling against the established order.
- (uncountable) The music of the punk movement, known for short songs with electric guitars, strong drums, and a direct, unproduced approach.
- (countable, sometimes as informal plural punx) A person subscribing to the movement, a punk rocker.
- (countable) A worthless person.
The most common usage is as in punk rock, the social and musical movement. In the UK this is possibly the sole usage with occasional quotation from film, TV etc. as in the example given below.
(comparative punker, superlative punkest)
- Of, or resembling the punk subculture
- You look very punk with your t-shirt, piercing and chains.
(third-person singular simple present punks, present participle punking, simple past and past participle punked)
- To pimp.
- Tony punked-out Vinny when he was low on smokes.
- To forcibly perform anal sex upon an unwilling partner.
- Tony punked all his new cell-mates.
- To prank.
- I got expelled when I punked the principal.
- To give up or concede; to act like a wimp.
- Jimmy was going to help me with the prank, but he punked-out at the last minute.
The relatively tame 21st century usage of punk was popularized by the American television show Punk'd. Until as recently as the late 20th century, punk still connoted rape or submitting to anal rape (punk-out). The second use of the term punk-out is now comparable to acting like a pussy and mildly implies submissive behavior in general.
Perhaps a reduction of spunk (“tinder”); compare funk (“rotten wood”). Alternatively, perhaps from Unami punkw (“dust”). Other senses derived by extension of the term for rotten wood dust to "anything rotten, worthless, rubbish" (1869) and figuratively to "a worthless person, a young hoodlum" (first recorded in 1908).