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conk

1
[kongk, kawngk]Slang.
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noun
  1. the head.
  2. a blow on the head.
  3. British. the nose.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to hit or strike on the head.
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Origin of conk

1
First recorded in 1805–15; of obscure origin

conk

2
[kongk, kawngk]
verb (used without object) Slang.
  1. to break or fail, as a machine or engine (often followed by out): The engine conked out halfway there.
  2. to slow down or stop; lose energy (often followed by out).
  3. to go to sleep (usually followed by off or out).
  4. to lose consciousness; faint (usually followed by out).
  5. to die (usually followed by out).
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Origin of conk

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

conk

3
[kongk, kawngk]
noun Mycology.
  1. the shelflike fruiting body of certain wood-decaying fungi; bracket.
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Origin of conk

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

conk

4
[kongk, kawngk]Slang.
noun
  1. a method of chemically straightening the hair.
  2. a hairstyle in which the hair has been chemically straightened and sometimes set into waves.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to straighten (kinky hair) by the use of chemicals: to have one's hair conked.
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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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Related Words for conk

decease, hit, knock, faint, straighten, swat, stall, fail

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British Dictionary definitions for conk

conk

verb
  1. to strike (someone) a blow, esp on the head or nose
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noun
  1. a punch or blow, esp on the head or nose
  2. the head or (esp Brit and NZ) the nose
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Word Origin for conk

C19: probably changed from conch
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Word Origin and History for 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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