bunk

1
[ buhngk ]
/ bʌŋk /
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noun

a built-in platform bed, as on a ship.
Informal. any bed.
a cabin used for sleeping quarters, as in a summer camp; bunkhouse.
a trough for feeding cattle.

verb (used without object)

Informal. to occupy a bunk or any sleeping quarters: Joe and Bill bunked together at camp.

verb (used with object)

to provide with a place to sleep.

Nearby words

  1. bungwall,
  2. bunin,
  3. bunion,
  4. bunionectomy,
  5. bunionette,
  6. bunk bed,
  7. bunker,
  8. bunker buster,
  9. bunker hill,
  10. bunker hill, battle of

Origin of bunk

1
First recorded in 1750–60; back formation from bunker

bunk

2
[ buhngk ]
/ bʌŋk /

noun Informal.

humbug; nonsense.

Origin of bunk

2
1895–1900, Americanism; short for bunkum

bunk

3
[ buhngk ]
/ bʌŋk /

verb (used with or without object)

to bump.

Origin of bunk

3
perhaps expressive alteration of bump

bunk

4
[ buhngk ]
/ bʌŋk /
British Slang.

verb (used with object)

to absent oneself from: to bunk a history class.

verb (used without object)

to run off or away; flee.

Origin of bunk

4
First recorded in 1865–70; perhaps special use of bunk1

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British Dictionary definitions for bunk

bunk

1
/ (bʌŋk) /

noun

a narrow shelflike bed fixed along a wall
short for bunk bed
informal any place where one sleeps

verb

(intr often foll by down) to prepare to sleephe bunked down on the floor
(intr) to occupy a bunk or bed
(tr) to provide with a bunk or bed

Word Origin for bunk

C19: probably short for bunker

noun

informal short for bunkum (def. 1)

noun

a hurried departure, usually under suspicious circumstances (esp in the phrase do a bunk)

verb

(usually foll by off) to play truant from (school, work, etc)

Word Origin for bunk

C19: perhaps from bunk 1 (in the sense: to occupy a bunk, hence a hurried departure, as on a ship)

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