[ puhng-kee ]
/ ˈpʌŋ ki /


any of the minute biting gnats of the family Ceratopogonidae.


Nearby words

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

Origin of punkie

1760–70, Americanism; < New York Dutch *punkje, alteration of Munsee Delaware pónkwəs (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *penkw- dust, ashes + *-ehs- diminutive suffix) + Dutch -je diminutive suffix

Also called biting midge, no-see-um.

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Examples from the Web for punkie

  • Jean gave in and varnished his pelt thoroughly with my "punkie dope," as he called it; but, too late; the mischief was done.

    Woodcraft and Camping|George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)