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

1920–25; compare British, Australian tonk (informal) to strike, beat, defeat
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Historical Examples

  • The air of that office rang with the name of Tonk that morning.

    Living Alone

    Stella Benson

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

  • Sarah Brown was rapidly becoming exasperated with everybody concerned, but not least with the evidently camouflaging Tonk.

    Living Alone

    Stella Benson

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for tonk


  1. informal to strike with a heavy blow
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Word Origin

C20: of imitative origin


  1. Australian slang an effete or effeminate man
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Word Origin

C20: origin unknown
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