Origin of punk1
- something or someone worthless or unimportant.
- a young ruffian; hoodlum.
- an inexperienced youth.
- a young male partner of a homosexual.
- an apprentice, especially in the building trades.
- Prison Slang.a boy.
Origin of punk2
Examples from the Web for punk
Legs McNeil, of Punk magazine fame, once called him “cute” and “charming.”‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her new memoir looks back at her life lived by the principles of punk.
And then, at the close of our conversation, her punk roots reared their head like they had never disappeared.
What has the transition to becoming a woman in punk been like?
But the bands that I was initially attracted to in punk rock were anarchist punk bands.
All is ready for the tired traveler, and a boy can be hired for a trifling sum to make the punkah "punk."Camps and Trails in China|Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
Everybody laughed, as in duty bound when the boss cracks a joke, no matter how punk it is; and then Holmes put his oar in.The Adventures of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons|James Francis Thierry
He took a piece of punk from a waterproof box that he carried in his pocket and focussed the sun's rays on it.The Land of the Changing Sun|William N. Harben
The punk smoke was so dense up there that he could hardly get his breath.A Busy Year at the Old Squire's|Charles Asbury Stephens
In Fig. 1 is shown how the parachute is dropped by the burning of a piece of punk.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
- a youth movement of the late 1970s, characterized by anti-Establishment slogans and outrageous clothes and hairstyles
- an adherent of punk
- short for punk rock
- (as modifier)a punk record
Word Origin for punk
Word Origin for punk
"inferior, bad," 1896, also as a noun, "something worthless," earlier "rotten wood used as tinder" (1680s), "A word in common use in New England, as well as in the other Northern States and Canada" [Bartlett]; perhaps from Delaware (Algonquian) ponk, literally "dust, powder, ashes;" but Gaelic spong "tinder" also has been suggested (cf. spunk "touchwood, tinder," 1580s).
"worthless person" (especially a young hoodlum), 1917, probably from punk kid "criminal's apprentice," underworld slang first attested 1904 (with overtones of "catamite"). Ultimately from punk (n.1) or else from punk "prostitute, harlot, strumpet," first recorded 1590s, of unknown origin.
For sense shift from "harlot" to "homosexual," cf. gay. By 1923 used generally for "young boy, inexperienced person" (originally in show business, e.g. punk day, circus slang from 1930, "day when children are admitted free"). The verb meaning "to back out of" is from 1920.
The "young criminal" sense is no doubt the inspiration in punk rock first attested 1971 (in a Dave Marsh article in "Creem," referring to Rudi "Question Mark" Martinez); popularized 1976.
If you looked different, people tried to intimidate you all the time. It was the same kind of crap you had to put up with as a hippie, when people started growing long hair. Only now it was the guys with the long hair yelling at you. You think they would have learned something. I had this extreme parrot red hair and I got hassled so much I carried a sign that said "FUCK YOU ASSHOLE." I got so tired of yelling it, I would just hold up the sign. [Bobby Startup, Philadelphia punk DJ, "Philadelphia Weekly," Oct. 10, 2001]
"Chinese incense," 1870, from punk (adj.).
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.