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punk

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[ puhngk ]
/ pʌŋk /
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noun

any prepared substance, usually in stick form, that will smolder and can be used to light fireworks, fuses, etc.
dry, decayed wood that can be used as tinder.
a spongy substance derived from fungi; amadou; touchwood.

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Origin of punk

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An Americanism dating back to 1680–90; origin uncertain

Definition for punk (2 of 2)

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[ puhngk ]
/ pʌŋk /

noun

adjective

Origin of punk

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First recorded in 1590–1600; of obscure origin; the sense development is apparently “prostitute,” from “catamite,” from “hoodlum”; the adjective “poor in quality” (1896) is unclearly derived and perhaps a distinct word
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British Dictionary definitions for punk (1 of 2)

punk1
/ (pʌŋk) /

noun

adjective

inferior, rotten, or worthless
punkish, adjective
C16: via Polari from Spanish pu (n) ta prostitute, pu (n) to male prostitute

British Dictionary definitions for punk (2 of 2)

punk2
/ (pʌŋk) /

noun

dried decayed wood that smoulders when ignited: used as tinder
any of various other substances that smoulder when ignited, esp one used to light fireworks
C18: of uncertain origin
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Cultural definitions for punk

punk

A type of rock 'n' roll with loud, energetic music and often harsh lyrics criticizing traditional society and culture. It was named after the punks, an anarchistic youth movement that surfaced in Great Britain in the 1970s.

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