conk

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

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

verb (used with object)

to hit or strike on the head.

Nearby words

  1. conjure man,
  2. conjure up,
  3. conjurer,
  4. conjuring,
  5. conjuror,
  6. conk out,
  7. conker,
  8. conkers,
  9. conkling,
  10. conkling, roscoe

Origin of conk

1
First recorded in 1805–15; of obscure origin

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.

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 conked

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 conked

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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