punk rock


a type of rock-'n'-roll, reaching its peak in the late 1970s and characterized by loud, insistent music and abusive or violent protest lyrics, and whose performers and followers are distinguished by extremes of dress and socially defiant behavior.

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Origin of punk rock

First recorded in 1970–75

Also called punk.

Related formspunk rocker, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for punk rocker

punk rock


a fast abrasive style of rock music of the late 1970s, characterized by aggressive or offensive lyrics and performanceSometimes shortened to: punk
Derived Formspunk rocker, noun

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