or pun·ka

[ puhng-kuh ]
/ ˈpʌŋ kə /


(especially in India) a fan, especially a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery.


of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah: punkah ropes.

Origin of punkah

First recorded in 1615–25, punkah is from the Hindi word paṅkhā
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for punka

British Dictionary definitions for punka



/ (ˈpʌŋkə) /


a fan made of a palm leaf or leaves

Word Origin for punka

C17: from Hindi pankhā, from Sanskrit paksaka fan, from paksa wing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012