Honky-tonk definition

hôngkē-tôngk, hŏngkē-tŏngk
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Designating or of a style of piano music having a bouncy rhythm and a tinkling sound.
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To visit cheap, noisy bars or dance halls.
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Of, relating to, or being a type of ragtime characteristically played on a tinny-sounding piano or in a honky-tonk.
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(slang) A bar, esp. one where country music is played.
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A style of country music emphasizing traditional country instruments (e.g., guitar, steel guitar and fiddle); a rough, nasal vocal style; and tragic themes such as heartbreak, infidelity and alcoholism.
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Of or relating to such a bar or dance hall; tawdry.

A honky-tonk district; honky-tonk entertainers.

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A cheap, noisy bar or dance hall.
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(slang, former) A cheap, disreputable, noisy cabaret or nightclub.
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(slang) Of or like a honky-tonk; specif., cheap, loud, low-class, etc.
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(slang) To make the rounds of honky-tonks.
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Alternative spelling of honky-tonk.
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(dated) A cheap nightclub.

Gimme, gimme, gimme a honky-tonk girl. The Rolling Stones, "Honky-tonk Woman".

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(dated) The type of music typically played in such a club.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of honky-tonk - honkatonk

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
honky-tonk
Plural:
honky-tonks

Origin of honky-tonk

  • Perhaps from honk

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From honk-a-tonk (“a cheap nightclub”), possibly imitative

    From Wiktionary