punker

[ puhng-ker ]
/ ˈpʌŋ kər /

noun

a punk rock musician or a devotee of punk rock or punk styles.

Nearby words

  1. punji stake,
  2. punk,
  3. punk rock,
  4. punka,
  5. punkah,
  6. punkie,
  7. punkin,
  8. punky,
  9. punner,
  10. punnet

Origin of punker


punk

2
[ puhngk ]
/ pʌŋk /

noun

adjective

Origin of punk

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; of obscure origin; the sense development is apparently “prostitute” > “catamite” > “hoodlum”; the adj. “poor in quality” (1896) is unclearly derived and perhaps a distinct word

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British Dictionary definitions for punker

punk

1
/ (pʌŋk) /

noun

adjective

inferior, rotten, or worthless
Derived Formspunkish, adjective

Word Origin for punk

C16: via Polari from Spanish pu (n) ta prostitute, pu (n) to male prostitute

punk

2
/ (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

Word Origin for punk

C18: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for punker
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Culture definitions for punker

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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