conk

1
[ kongk, kawngk ]
/ kɒŋk, kɔŋk /
Slang.

noun

the head.
a blow on the head.
British. the nose.

verb (used with object)

to hit or strike on the head.

Origin of conk

1
First recorded in 1805–15; of obscure origin

Definition for conk (2 of 4)

conk

2
[ kongk, kawngk ]
/ kɒŋk, kɔŋk /

verb (used without object) Slang.

to break or fail, as a machine or engine (often followed by out): The engine conked out halfway there.
to slow down or stop; lose energy (often followed by out).
to go to sleep (usually followed by off or out).
to lose consciousness; faint (usually followed by out).
to die (usually followed by out).

Origin of conk

2
First recorded in 1915–20; perhaps of imitative orig.

Definition for conk (3 of 4)

conk

3
[ kongk, kawngk ]
/ kɒŋk, kɔŋk /

noun Mycology.

the shelflike fruiting body of certain wood-decaying fungi; bracket.

Origin of conk

3
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; of obscure origin
Related formsconk·y, adjective

Definition for conk (4 of 4)

conk

4
[ kongk, kawngk ]
/ kɒŋk, kɔŋk /
Slang.

noun

a method of chemically straightening the hair.
a hairstyle in which the hair has been chemically straightened and sometimes set into waves.

verb (used with object)

to straighten (kinky hair) by the use of chemicals: to have one's hair conked.
Also process.

Origin of conk

4
probably shortening and alteration of congolene, alleged to be the name of a hair straightener made from Congo copal
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British Dictionary definitions for conk

conk

/ (kɒŋk) slang /

verb

to strike (someone) a blow, esp on the head or nose

noun

a punch or blow, esp on the head or nose
the head or (esp Brit and NZ) the nose

Word Origin for conk

C19: probably changed from conch
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Word Origin and History for conk

conk


v.

as in conk out, 1918, coined by World War I airmen, perhaps in imitation of the sound of a stalling motor, reinforced by conk (v.) "hit on the head," originally "punch in the nose" (1821), from conk (n.), slang for "nose" (1812), perhaps from fancied resemblance to a conch (pronounced "conk") shell.

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