: I couldn't get over marveling at how their hair was straight and shiny like white men's hair; Ella told me this was called ''conk''
To apply a mixture sometimes containing lye to the head in order to straighten kinky hair
[1940s+ Black; probably fr Congolene, trademark of a preparation used to straighten hair, influenced by conk1]
/gonk/ 1. To prevaricate or to embellish the truth beyond any reasonable recognition. In German the term is (mythically) "gonken"; in Spanish the verb becomes "gonkar". "You're gonking me. That story you just told me is a bunch of gonk." In German, for example, "Du gonkst mir" (You're pulling my leg).
See also gonkulator.
2. (British) To grab some sleep at an odd time.
Compare gronk out.