conk
I. noun Etymology: perhaps from conch Date: 1812 slang chiefly Brit nose II. transitive verb Etymology: English slang conk head Date: 1821 to hit especially on the head ; knock out III. noun Etymology: probably alteration of conch Date: 1851 the visible fruiting body of a bracket fungus; also decay caused by such a fungus • conky adjective IV. intransitive verb Etymology: probably imitative Date: 1918 1. break down; especially stall — usually used with out <
the motor suddenly conked out
>
2. a. faint b. to go to sleep — usually used with off or out <
conked out for a while after lunch
>
c. die <
I caught pneumonia. I almost conked — Truman Capote
>
V. transitive verb Etymology: probably by shortening & alteration from congolene preparation used for straightening hair Date: 1950 to straighten out (hair) usually by the use of chemicals VI. noun Date: 1965 a hairstyle in which the hair is straightened out and flattened down or lightly waved — called also process

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • conk — (v.) as in conk out, 1918, coined by World War I airmen, perhaps in imitation of the sound of a stalling motor, reinforced by conk (v.) hit on the head, originally punch in the nose (1821), from conk (n.), slang for nose (1812), perhaps from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conk — (k[o^][ng]k), v. t. to hit on the head; as, to conk someone on the head with a pipe. [slang] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conk — conk·a·nee; conk; conk·er; …   English syllables

  • conk — Ⅰ. conk [1] ► VERB (conk out) informal 1) (of a machine) break down. 2) faint or go to sleep. 3) die. ORIGIN of unknown origin. Ⅱ. conk …   English terms dictionary

  • conk — (k[o^][ng]k), n. 1. the head. [slang] [PJC] 2. a blow to the head. [slang] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conk — conk1 [käŋk, kôŋk] n. [< CONCH] Slang 1. Brit. the nose 2. the head 3. a blow on the head vt. Slang to hit on the head to hit on the head conk out Slang …   English World dictionary

  • conk — cȍnk DEFINICIJA izgovor i konvencija pisanja za jasan zvuk koji se čuje kad manji tvrdi predmet udari ili padne na metalnu podlogu ETIMOLOGIJA onom …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Conk — Jazz musician Eddie South, 1946 For the fungus, see conk (fungi). For gastropod or its shell, see conch. The conk (derived from congolene, a hair straightener gel made from lye) was a hairstyle popular among African American men from the 1920s to …   Wikipedia

  • conk — I UK [kɒŋk] / US [kɑŋk] verb [transitive] Word forms conk : present tense I/you/we/they conk he/she/it conks present participle conking past tense conked past participle conked informal to hit someone on their head or nose Phrasal verbs: conk out …   English dictionary

  • conk — conk1 [kɔŋk US ka:ŋk, ko:ŋk] n BrE informal a nose conk 2 conk2 v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: CONK2; conk out 1900 2000 Origin unknown] informal to hit someone hard, especially on the head conk out phr v …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • conk — conk1 [ kaŋk ] verb transitive INFORMAL to hit someone, especially on their head ,conk out phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL 1. ) to suddenly stop working 2. ) to go to sleep, especially suddenly conk conk 2 [ kaŋk ] noun count BRITISH INFORMAL… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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