Meaning of PUNK in English

I. ˈpəŋk noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown; in sense 2, probably partly from punk (III)

1. archaic : prostitute , strumpet


a. : something or someone worthless or inferior

b. : nonsense , bunkum

these flowers are a lot of punk — Roger Williams

punk about feeding tired skins — Books of the Month


a. : a young and inexperienced person : beginner , novice ; especially : a young man : boy

b. : a young gangster, hoodlum, or ruffian : a petty criminal

c. slang : a youth used as a homosexual partner

the young boy, known in prison parlance as a punk — N.K.Teeters & J.O.Reinemann

d. : a young tramp

e. : a stupid, naïve, or foolish person : jerk

4. : a young untrained circus elephant

II. adjective

( -er/-est )

: very poor in quality : bad , inferior , miserable

meanwhile went from poor to punk — Time

looked punk in a bathing suit — D.C.Loughlin

a punk liar — Josephine Johnson

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps alteration (infl. by Delaware punk fine ashes, powder) of spunk

1. : wood that is so decayed as to be very dry, crumbly, and useful for tinder

2. : a dry spongy substance prepared from the sporophores of various fungi of the genus Fomes (especially F. fomentarius and F. igniarius ) by removing the outer rind, slicing and pounding the sporophore until soft and flexible, dipping or sometimes boiling in a solution of potassium nitrate, and then drying and forming into molded sticks that are used to ignite fuses especially of fireworks

3. : the leathery or woody sporophore of a polypore : conch

IV. adjective

1. : having a dry flavorless flesh — used of fruits and vegetables

2. : punky

V. noun

( -er/-est )

1. : punk rock herein

2. : a punk rock musician

3. : one who affects punk styles

• punky ˈpəŋkē adjective

VI. adjective

1. : of or relating to punk rock

2. : relating to or being the styles (as of dress or hair) inspired by punk rock

• punk·ish -ish adjective

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.