[ kongk, kawngk ]
/ kɒŋk, kɔŋk /

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

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

Related formsconk·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conky


/ (kɒŋk) slang /


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

C19: probably changed from conch

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Word Origin and History for conky



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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