punky

1
[puhng-kee]

adjective, punk·i·er, punk·i·est.

of, like, or pertaining to spongy punk.
burning very slowly, as a fire.

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Origin of punky

1
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; punk1 + -y1
Related formspunk·i·ness, noun

punky

2
[puhng-kee]

adjective, punk·i·er, punk·i·est.

Slang. of or like punks or hoodlums.
of, relating to, or characteristic of punk rock, its performers, or its devotees.

Origin of punky

2
Related formspunk·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of punky

Historical Examples of punky

  • There before her lay a somewhat larger pile of dust mixed with soft and punky splinters of rotten wood.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • The Indians had set fire to the inside of a punky trunk and the shooting flames were a rallying call.

  • The first ledge would roll her bottom up, beating in her punky breast at the same time.

  • The snow was deep, the pine was punky and would easily fall; and now was the chance to get my mice.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • That would be a chariot race to what we took before we hove in sight of that punky castle.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford



Word Origin and History for punky
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper