Definition of "punk" []

  • Slang A young person, especially a member of a rebellious counterculture group. (noun)
  • Slang An inexperienced young man. (noun)
  • Music Punk rock. (noun)
  • Music A punk rocker. (noun)
  • Slang A young man who is the sexual partner of an older man. (noun)
  • A youth movement of the late 1970s, characterized by anti-Establishment slogans and outrageous clothes and hairstyles (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An adherent of punk (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • An inferior, rotten, or worthless person or thing (noun)
  • Worthless articles collectively (noun)
  • A petty criminal or hoodlum (noun)
  • A young male homosexual; catamite (noun)
  • A prostitute (noun)
  • Inferior, rotten, or worthless (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "punk" in a sentence
  • "That's what we found at HONK!, where there were marching bands as big as armies, like New York's Rude Mechanical Orchestra; groups that made the term punk-rock marching band make sense, like What Cheer! from Providence; and bands that tossed off Balkan tunes with an easy virtuosity, like Seattle's Orchestar Zirkonium."
  • "Coyote's choice of the highly gendered term punk is retrospective, not contemporary to the events he describes; still, it is telling that he chooses this term when remembering a moment when he feared he might project effeminate weakness by declining to attend."
  • "That this punk is a G.C. Deutsch "III", could it be he is a NASA legacy and that is how he got the post??????"