- the head.
- a blow on the head.
- British. the nose.
- to hit or strike on the head.
Origin of conk1
- to break or fail, as a machine or engine (often followed by out): The engine conked out halfway there.
- to slow down or stop; lose energy (often followed by out).
- to go to sleep (usually followed by off or out).
- to lose consciousness; faint (usually followed by out).
- to die (usually followed by out).
Origin of conk2
- the shelflike fruiting body of certain wood-decaying fungi; bracket.
Origin of conk3
- a method of chemically straightening the hair.
- a hairstyle in which the hair has been chemically straightened and sometimes set into waves.
- to straighten (kinky hair) by the use of chemicals: to have one's hair conked.
Origin of conk4
Examples from the Web for conk
Praying for sleep, perhaps, but the right to conk out near the table?Eat Turkey All You Want! It’s Not Going to Put You to Sleep
November 22, 2012
This unmusical "conk" is sweeter than the "kerchunk" of the bull-frog.
We hear toward evening, high in air, the "conk" of the wild-geese.
"I got the fog out of my conk to-day, Fanny," he said exultantly.Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
George Randolph Chester
This horn is a conk shell, bored at one end, and its sound is heard at a great distance.
I member the very day, on the 10th of May, old mistress blowed the conk and told us we was free.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
- to strike (someone) a blow, esp on the head or nose
- a punch or blow, esp on the head or nose
- the head or (esp Brit and NZ) the nose
Word Origin and History for conk
as in conk out, 1918, coined by World War I airmen, perhaps in imitation of the sound of a stalling motor, reinforced by conk (v.) "hit on the head," originally "punch in the nose" (1821), from conk (n.), slang for "nose" (1812), perhaps from fancied resemblance to a conch (pronounced "conk") shell.