conk

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[ kongk, kawngk ]
/ kɒŋk, kɔŋk /
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noun Mycology.

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

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

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An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; of obscure origin

Related formsconk·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for conky

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 conky

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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