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Origin of punky

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; punk1 + -y1
Related formspunk·i·ness, noun


adjective, punk·i·er, punk·i·est.
  1. Slang. of or like punks or hoodlums.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of punk rock, its performers, or its devotees.

Origin of punky

Related formspunk·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for punky

punk, no-see-um, punkie, punky

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Contemporary Examples of punky

Historical Examples of punky

  • Only I don't want him to get punky, so he isn't fit to come back when his term is over.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • It should always be a dry, sound stick, brash, but not in the least punky.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • Nevertheless, I knelt to feel the punky stuff under my feet.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson

  • Apparently Punky did, for he muttered, "Aw right," and flecked the ash from his cigar.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • All the other meals were satisfactory, though an occasional one was punky.

Word Origin and History for punky

1872, of wood, from punk (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Punkiness.

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