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bunk

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[ 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.
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Origin of bunk

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

Other definitions for bunk (2 of 4)

bunk2
[ buhngk ]
/ bʌŋk /

noun Informal.

Origin of bunk

2
An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; short for bunkum

Other definitions for bunk (3 of 4)

bunk3
[ buhngk ]
/ bʌŋk /

verb (used with or without object)
Chiefly New York City. to bump.

Origin of bunk

3
Perhaps expressive alteration of bump

Other definitions for bunk (4 of 4)

bunk4
[ buhngk ]
/ bʌŋk /
British Slang.

verb (used with object)
to absent oneself from (school, work, etc.): to bunk a history class.
verb (used without object)
to run off or away; flee: When they heard the distant police sirens, they dropped the bag of jewelry and silver and bunked.

Origin of bunk

4
First recorded in 1865–70; perhaps special use of bunk1
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British Dictionary definitions for bunk (1 of 3)

bunk1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for bunk (2 of 3)

bunk2
/ (bʌŋk) /

noun
informal short for bunkum (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for bunk (3 of 3)

bunk3
/ (bʌŋk) British slang /

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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