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[puhng-kee] /ˈpʌŋ ki/
adjective, punkier, punkiest.
of, like, or pertaining to spongy punk.
burning very slowly, as a fire.
Origin of punky1
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75; punk1 + -y1
Related forms
punkiness, noun


[puhng-kee] /ˈpʌŋ ki/
adjective, punkier, punkiest.
Slang. of or like punks or hoodlums.
of, relating to, or characteristic of punk rock, its performers, or its devotees.
punk2 + -y1
Related forms
punkiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Only I don't want him to get punky, so he isn't fit to come back when his term is over.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It should always be a dry, sound stick, brash, but not in the least punky.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Nevertheless, I knelt to feel the punky stuff under my feet.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • Apparently punky did, for he muttered, "Aw right," and flecked the ash from his cigar.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • All the other meals were satisfactory, though an occasional one was punky.

  • The inlet had been reedy, and the water there quiet, and the soil we dug in punky and wet.

    The Belted Seas Arthur Colton
  • The snow was deep, the pine was punky and would easily fall; and now was the chance to get my mice.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • punky Williams wriggled his way among them; his little ears receptive, his mouth close shut.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
Word Origin and History for punky

1872, of wood, from punk (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Punkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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