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Definition of "honky-tonk" []

  • A cheap, noisy bar or dance hall. (noun)
  • Of or relating to such a bar or dance hall; tawdry: a honky-tonk district; honky-tonk entertainers. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or being a type of ragtime characteristically played on a tinny-sounding piano or in a honky-tonk. (adjective)
  • To visit cheap, noisy bars or dance halls. (verb-intransitive)

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.

Use "honky-tonk" in a sentence
  • "She wore hip-hugging tight jeans most of the time, and when she went out to sing at what she called another honky-tonk, she usually tied the bottom of her blouse so there was a little midriff showing."
  • "(See: falling into stalker-level love with Jillian after one cowboy-themed date at an empty honky-tonk bar.)"
  • "She was playing the harmonica and I was playing the honky-tonk piano."