[ tongk ]
/ tɒŋk /


a form of rummy for two or more players with deuces wild.

Nearby words

  1. tonicity,
  2. tonicoclonic,
  3. tonify,
  4. tonight,
  5. tonite,
  6. tonka bean,
  7. tonkin,
  8. tonkin, gulf of,
  9. tonkinese,
  10. tonle sap

Origin of tonk

1920–25; compare British, Australian tonk (informal) to strike, beat, defeat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tonk

  • Amir Khan consented to disband his army, on condition of being guaranteed the possession of what is now the principality of Tonk.

  • Tonk tank tenk tink Ta tink a tonk a tank a tink a Ta ta tink tank ta ta tonk tink Drink a tank a drink a drunk.

    Wild Animals I Have Known|Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Sarah Brown was rapidly becoming exasperated with everybody concerned, but not least with the evidently camouflaging Tonk.

    Living Alone|Stella Benson
  • The air of that office rang with the name of Tonk that morning.

    Living Alone|Stella Benson

British Dictionary definitions for tonk


/ (tɒŋk) /


informal to strike with a heavy blow

Word Origin for tonk

C20: of imitative origin


Australian slang an effete or effeminate man

Word Origin for tonk

C20: origin unknown

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