- 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 conk2
Related Words for conk outcrash, catastrophe, failure, disruption, debacle, destruction, disintegration, bankruptcy, dwindle, faint, wither, deteriorate, fail, suffer, rot, weaken, relax, snooze, doze, languish
- (of machines, cars, etc) to fail suddenly
- to tire suddenly or collapse, as from exhaustion
Word Origin for conk out
- to strike (someone) a blow, esp on the head or nose
- a punch or blow, esp on the head or nose
- the head or (esp Brit and NZ) the nose
Word Origin for conk
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.
Stop functioning, fail, as in The engine finally conked out. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
Fall asleep, as in Every evening he conked out in front of the television set. [1940s]
Faint or collapse, as in I don't know if it was the heat, but she suddenly conked out. [1920s]
Die, as in He's paranoid about conking out and he's only twenty! [Late 1920s]