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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 previewNew University Arithmetic (1856)

Embracing the Science of Numbers, and Their Applications According to the Most Improved Methods of Analysis and Cancellation by Charles Davies

A Conk is a round body with a circular.

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 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 previewThe mechanic's calculator (1836)

comprehending principles, rules, and tables in the various departments of mathematics and mechanics; useful to millwrights, engineers, and artisans in general by William Grier

A conk is a solid figure having a circle for its base and terminated in a vertex ; it may be conceived to be formed by the revolution of a triangle about one of its sides. Conic Sections are the figures made by a ...

Google previewKick the Bucket and Swing the Cat (2011)

The complete Balderdash & Piffle collection of English Words, and Their Curious Origins by Alex Games

to conk means to talk. chat or gossip, from an eighteenth-century verb meaning'to cackle like geese'. And chelp is the Midlands or northern term for impudence. as in '1 want you on your best behaviour when the ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

*bracket fungus, see conk; * brown rot fungus; *canker rot, see red ring rot; *cellar rot [Coniophora cerebella, Coniophora puteana]; *conk [Polyporaceae]; *dote; *dry rot [Serpula lacrymans, ...

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 previewRoutledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (2003)

by Eric Partridge

conk . The nose, esp. if ...

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 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 ...

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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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