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Definition of the noun conk

What does conk mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: conks

  1. informal term for the nose

Alternative definition of the noun conk


  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.

Definition of the verb conk

What does conk mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: conked | conking | conks

  1. come to a stop
    • domain: driving
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of conk: stall
    • more generic words: halt / stop = come to a halt, stop moving
  2. hit, especially on the head
    • examples: The stranger conked him and he fainted | Sam and Sue conk the movie
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The cat clawed the counch to pieces | They spanked him to death
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]The cat clawed the counch to pieces with her sharp nails | They spanked him to death with a bat
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique]Paula spanked the naughty child on the back
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique] with [Instrument]Paula spanked the naught child on the back with a paddle
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, genitive] [Oblique, body part]Paula spanked the naughty child's back

      Verbs of Contact by Impact (with the same syntax): bayonet, belt, biff, birch, bludgeon, bonk, brain, bump, cane, clobber, clout, club, cosh, crack, crunch, cudgel, cuff, elbow, flagellate, flog, gash, knee, knife, paddle, pummel, slam, sock, spank, stab, strap, thrash, thump, truncheon, wallop, whip, whisk.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • 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 of the verb conk


  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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Conk

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Google previewMushroom Essences (2016)

by Robert Dale Rogers

Rosy conk is a perennial polypore, with vivid pink coloring on the pore side. Essence description Rosy conk mushroom essence relates to issues surrounding chastity and lust. Note the beautiful pink-violet color of the fruiting body. Pink is ...

Google previewCompetition in Syntax (2001)

by Gereon Müller, Wolfgang Sternefeld

CONk is the highest ranking constraint on which C,- and C ,- differ. The candidates in a given candidate set are generated by 284 Tanja Schmid.

Google previewReference to Abstract Objects in Discourse (2012)

by Nicholas Asher

Suppose ye ConK is a condition of the form Č(y1,...,yn) and is predicative DRS of the form \x1. . . \x, K'. Then (M, w, t, K) Ffy iff Hh DK f [h, K'(5/3)] (viii) Suppose \fe Conk is a condition of the form c(y1,...,ym). Then (M, w, t, K) Hf y iff Hh DK f [h, ...

Google previewField Guide to the Natural World of New York City (2007)

by Leslie Day

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 trunks of dead deciduous trees, stumps, and logs. Above, it has ...

Google previewShorter Slang Dictionary (2003)

by Paul Beale, Eric Partridge

conk, v.(usually followed byout)to fail, tobreakdown,asin the engine conkedout. From 1918.The Australianequivalent is to go conk,tofail gradually ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Conk, kongk,n.thenose.—n.Conk′y(slang),a person with a large nose. [MrF. HindesGroomesuggeststhat itmaybe back slang, conk being the illiteratespelling oftheGipsy knoc, nose.] Connascent, konnas′ent, adj. born or producedatthe same ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Plant Sciences (2012)

by Michael Allaby

conk. A term used by foresters and woodcutters to refer to the *fruit bodies of certain woodrotting *fungi, particularly those of *polypores. Connaraceae. (order Oxalidales) A family of mostly woody climbing plants in which the leaves are usually ...

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Usage statistics about conk

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Small photo of Fomes fomentarius (commonly known as the tinder fungus, false tinder fungus, hoof fungus, tinder conk, tinder polypore or ice man fungus) on a birch trunk. CloseupSmall photo of Fomes fomentarius (tinder fungus, false tinder fungus, hoof fungus, tinder conk, tinder polypore, ice man fungus) growing on trunk, close up detail, brown blurry vertical backgroundSmall photo of A close up of a King Conk shell's bottom with teeth like edges and groves of white with dark brown splashes coloring the opening.Small photo of Young girl on beach holding giant conk shell in her hands, smilingSmall photo of Bark of birch tree covered with conk fungi, Fomes fomentariusSmall photo of fomitopsis pinicola fungus, known as the red belt conkSmall photo of Canakkale,Turkey - February.11, 2016 : Ataturk Statue and Turkish Flag in Conk Bayiri, Gallipoli. More...

Quotes about Conk

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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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