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Definition of conk

What does conk mean?


  1. informal term for the nose


  1. come to a stop
  2. hit, especially on the head
    • examples: The stranger conked him and he fainted | Sam and Sue conk the movie
    • more generic word: hit = deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  3. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  4. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

Alternative definition


  1. [mycology] The shelf- or bracket-shaped fruiting body of a Bracket fungus (A.K.A. Shelf fungus), i.e., a mushroom growing off a tree trunk.
  2. [slang] A nose, especially a large one.
  3. Alternate spelling of conch.


  1. [slang] To hit, especially on the head.
  2. To chemically straighten tightly curled hair.


The conk was a hairstyle popular among African-American men from the 1920s to the 1960s. This hairstyle called for a man with naturally "kinky" hair to have it chemically straightened using a relaxer, so that the newly straightened hair could be styled in specific ways. Often, the relaxer was made at home, by mixing lye, eggs, and potatoes, the applier having to wear gloves and the receiver's head having to be rinsed thoroughly after application to avoid chemical burns. Conks were often styled as large pompadours although other men chose to simply slick their straightened hair back, allowing it to lie flat on their heads. Regardless of the styling, conks required a considerable amount of effort to maintain: a man often had to wear a do-rag of some sort at home, to prevent sweat or other agents from causing his hair to revert to its natural state prematurely. Also, the style required repeated application of relaxers; as new hair grew in, it too had to be chemically straightened.

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Google previewField Guide to the Natural World of New York City (2013)

by Leslie Day

CHAPTER 6 mushrooms Artist's Conk: Ganoderma applanatum ETYMOLOGY Ganoderma: bright skin; applanatum: flat PLACE OF ORIGIN North America Description The artist's conk is a large, semicircular shelf fungus, which grows on the ;...

Google previewInsects and diseases of Alaskan forests (2001)

by Edward H. Holsten, United States. Forest Service. Alaska Region

The sterile conk is a cinder-like mass of fungal tissue with a rough, black exterior. The interior tissue is yellow- brown to rust brown with a punky texture. Inconspicuous, short-lived fertile conks may break through the bark after the tree dies.

Google previewA Forest Environment (2010)

by Stephen Law

(Author's note: A conk is the end of a limb that has been knocked off in previous years and has started to rot into the tree itself .) Before the log was rolled up on the yard, the yard man had to mark the log with an axe, once at each end and once ...

Google previewLexicon Balatronicum. A dictionary of Buckish slang, University wit, and Pick Pocket eloquence. ... Altered and enlarged ... by a member of the Whip Club (1823)

by Francis Grose, Pierce Egan

CONK. The nose. CONK ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2003)

by Aberjhani., Sandra L. West

conk The  ...

Google previewThe Little Giant Encyclopedia of IQ Tests (2000)

by Philip J. Carter, Kenneth A. Russell

CONK (NICK) KRIS 1 2 ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2006)

Volume 4: Myth, Manners, and Memory by Charles Reagan Wilson

Theyused cosmeticsto lightentheskin color and hair straighteners to “conk” the hair in attempting to approachthewhite ideal. This probably reached a peak during the 1940s. Beauty parlors became important institutions ofthe blackcommunity, ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003)

by William Frawley

Paradigmatic blends may derive from synonyms, as bonk from bong conk, or from words otherwise associated, as workaholic from work alcoholic. Some forms involve both syntagmatic and paradigmatic blending; thus the computer term bit is ...

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Scrabble value of C3O1N1K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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