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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun punk:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective punk:

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Definition of the noun punk

What does punk mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: punks

  1. an aggressive and violent young criminal
  2. substance that smolders when ignited; used to light fuses (especially fireworks)
  3. material for starting a fire
  4. a teenager or young adult who is a performer (or enthusiast) of punk rock and a member of the punk youth subculture
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of punk: punk rocker
    • more generic words: adolescent / stripling / teen / teenager = a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
    • member of: punks = a youth subculture closely associated with punk rock music in the late 1970s; in part a reaction to the hippy subculture
  5. rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock

Alternative definition of the noun punk


  1. Tinder made from certain fungi.
  2. [countable] A utensil for lighting wicks or fuses (such as those of fireworks) resembling stick incense.
  3. [countable] A prostitute; courtezan.
  4. [countable] [context: 19th century, rare] The bottom in a male-male sexual relationship; a catamite.
  5. [US, prison slang] A male used for sex by larger or stronger inmates.
  6. [uncountable] A social and musical movement rooted in rebelling against the established order.
  7. [uncountable] The music of the punk movement, known for short songs with electric guitars, strong drums, and a direct, unproduced approach.
  8. [countable, sometimes as informal plural punx] A person subscribing to the movement, a punk rocker.
  9. [countable] A worthless person.
  10. [countable] A juvenile delinquent, young petty criminal or trouble-maker.

Definition of the adjective punk

What does punk mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: punker | punkest

  1. of very poor quality; flimsy

Alternative definition of the adjective punk


  1. Of, or resembling the punk subculture


  1. Punk a.k.a. David Otunga: David Daniel Otunga, Sr.
  2. Punk a.k.a. Brooke D'Orsay: Brooke D'Orsay is a Canadian actress from Toronto, Ontario.
  3. Punk a.k.a. Chan Kwong Wing: Comfort Chan Kwong-wing is a music composer for Hong Kong films. Some of his well-known works in films include the Infernal Affairs trilogy, SPL: Sha Po Lang, Initial D and Daisy.

There are other people with in their name, like Paul Punk, Punk Taro, Rafa Punk, King of Punk, Hardcore punk, Punk Berryman and Punk John Shepherd.


  1. Punk is a fictional character from the 2001 anime series Sadamitsu the Destroyer.
    • also known as Ponkotsu, Junk
  2. Punk: A punk is a fictional character in the 1975 drama film Giliap.

There are other characters with in their name, like Punk Boy, Punk Kid, Punk rock, Skate punk, Desert Punk, Punk Rocker, Street punk and Punk Rock Girl.


  1. Punk a.k.a. Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed between 1969 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produced recordings and distributed them through informal channels.
  2. "Punk" is a composition.
    • also known as Punk (original mix), Punk (Kid Vicious remix), Punk (Cosmic Gate remix)
    • music and lyrics by Ferry Corsten
  3. "Punk" is a musical single of Ferry Corsten.
    • also known as Punk Remixed
    • released on (12 years ago)
  4. "Punk" is a musical album of Decibel.
    • released in (37 years ago)
  5. "Punk" a.k.a. "Punk!" is a musical album of Коmatozz.
    • also known as Коmatozz
    • released in (13 years ago)
  6. "Punk" is a musical album of EA80.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  7. "Punk" a.k.a. "Punk!" is a musical album of Visací zámek.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  8. "Punk" is a musical single of Los Planetas.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  9. "Punk" is a musical EP of Strider.
    • released on (9 years ago)


  1. "Punk" is a 2012 TV movie written and directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire.
  2. "Punk" is a 1986 short film written and directed by Carl Franklin.
  3. "Punk" is a film, directed by Jim Steel.


  1. Punk is a music magazine/fanzine created by cartoonist John Holmstrom, publisher Ged Dunn, and "resident punk" Legs McNeil in 1975. Its use of the term "punk rock," coined by writers for Creem magazine a few years earlier, led to its worldwide acceptance as the definition for the new bands that were producing a new sound based on the music of The Stooges, the New York Dolls, the MC5, and the Ramones. It was also the first publication to popularize the CBGB scene.
  2. Punk: A punk is a smoldering stick used for lighting firework fuses. It is safer than a match or a lighter because it can be used from a greater distance and does not use an open flame. They are made of bamboo and a brown coating of dried manure or compressed sawdust. Punks often resemble sticks of incense, and in some countries actual incense sticks are used in a similar fashion. Punks are sold at nearly all firework stands and many stands will include them for free with a purchase.
  3. Punk was a Punk and Ska radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 29 and Dish Network channel 6029. In its time it rivaled Fungus 53 on XM Satellite Radio. It was added to Sirius Canada on June 24, 2008.

Phrases with Punk

Phrases starting with the word Punk:

  1. Punk-Ass
  2. punk rock
  3. Punk zine
  4. Punk Music
  5. punk rocker

Phrases ending with the word Punk:

  1. Pop punk
  2. Ska punk
  3. Post-punk
  4. Hunky Punk
  5. Anarcho-punk

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Punk

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Body Adornment (2007)

by Margo DeMello

Punk piercings also tend to be “louder” than piercings in other scenes, with jewelry utilizing knives, long chains, and bones are popular, as well as stretched piercings, and multiple piercings on the face. Tattooing is and has been one of the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Substances (1999)

by Richard Rudgley

Not only was this a rejection of other drugs, those associated with the rather turgid rock establishment, it also embodied the punk ethos, as Richard Ives put it: 'Punk was about expropriating consumer items and turning them into art, and glue ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006)

by Melissa Hope Ditmore

The New York Dolls, a prominent New York City punk rock band whose flair for attracting publicity inspired many imitators, posed in female attire and wrote songs with ambiguous, overtly sexual song lyrics and titles that suggested male or ...

Google previewThe Student's Medical Dictionary (1904)

Including All the Words and Phrases Generally Used in Medicine, with Their Proper Pronunciation and Definitions; Based on Recent Medical Literature by George Milbry Gould

Puncta ( punk'-taA)[p\. of punclum, a point). See Punclum. P. dolorosa, tender or painful points ...

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences (1898)

Including the Pronunciation, Accentuation, Derivation, and Definition of the Terms Used in Medicine, Anatomy, Surgery ... by George Milbry Gould

ta ( punk'-tah) [pl. of Punctum, a point]. Points. cruenta. Synonym of P. vasculosa. P. doloa, tender or painful points in the course of nerves in inflamed condition, or at ...

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Daft Punk in Sign Language - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Dance put together by the Sign Language Club at the Governor's Scholars Program 2010 at Centre College. One of the girls in the dance is actually deaf and ...

Quotes about Punk

I listened a little to punk when I was younger, but it was straight edge punk. It was nothing like what is going on now, like poppy punk. (Travis Barker)
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Scrabble value of P3U1N1K5

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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