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[puhng-kin] /ˈpʌŋ kɪn/
noun, Informal.
pumpkin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You're gittin' peaky ez a sick kitten, an' saller ez a punkin; you'll be down with fevers an' agers nex'.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
  • There, I don't think anybody'd say that punkin was burnt a-stewin!

  • It's a paper bag and it may be a punkin, though he wouldn't wrop up a punkin, come to think of it!

    New Chronicles of Rebecca Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • You might just head that item 'When the Frost is on the punkin.'

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Then he goes out, gits into his Pullman section, blows his punkin whistle and departs.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
  • She looks at it, and says, "That is some punkin, but mostly slops!"

  • Wall, we all took a long breath, and got ready to see some as tall bargainin' as wuz ever done in punkin Centre.

  • Did you ever stop to consider what a remarkable thing a punkin is?

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The "Perary Flower" cums tew us with a long and Abel artikle on punkin pize.

    Josh Billings on Ice Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • You can look at 'em and tell what the weather's been by the looks of the punkin, so they're a weather table.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
Slang definitions & phrases for punkin



  1. The head (1890s+)
  2. One's sweetheart, beloved, spouse, etc; doll, honey, sweetie: We're allies in everything, pumpkin (1940s+)


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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