bunk

A bunk is a bed that's built above another bed. Twin sisters might argue nightly over who gets the top bunk.

You might find a bunk bed in a child's bedroom or a train's sleeper car. Sometimes the rough bed in a rustic cabin is also called a bunk — and you could say, "I'll bunk in the cabin tonight." Informally, bunk is also nonsense: "How can you believe that bunk?" The bed meaning is short for bunker, while the "foolishness" definition is from bunkum, named for a politician's long, dull speech in 1820, in Buncombe, North Carolina.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: bunk

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nv
beds built one above the other
provide with a bunk
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n
a message that seems to convey no meaning
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v
flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
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n
a long trough for feeding cattle
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: bunk
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n beds built one above the other

Synonyms:
bunk bed
Type of:
bed
a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep

n a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers

Synonyms:
berth, built in bed
Types:
lower, lower berth
the lower of two berths
upper, upper berth
the higher of two berths
Type of:
bed
a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep

n a rough bed (as at a campsite)

Type of:
bed
a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep

v provide with a bunk

“We bunked the children upstairs”
Type of:
bed
furnish with a bed
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n a message that seems to convey no meaning

Synonyms:
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality
Types:
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absurdity, absurdness, ridiculousness
a message whose content is at variance with reason
amphigory, nonsense verse
nonsensical writing (usually verse)
balderdash, fiddle-faddle, piffle
trivial nonsense
buzzword, cant
stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
cobblers
nonsense
crock
nonsense; foolish talk
fa la, fal la
meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong
gibber, gibberish
unintelligible talking
incoherence, incoherency, unintelligibility
nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
jabberwocky
nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)
flummery, mummery
meaningless ceremonies and flattery
empty talk, empty words, hot air, palaver, rhetoric
loud and confused and empty talk
rigamarole, rigmarole
a set of confused and meaningless statements
schmegegge, shmegegge
(Yiddish) baloney; hot air; nonsense
hooey, poppycock, stuff, stuff and nonsense
senseless talk
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle
pretentious or silly talk or writing
word salad
jumble of incoherent speech as sometimes heard in schizophrenia
abracadabra
gibberish and nonsense
babble, babbling, lallation
gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
blather, blatherskite
foolish gibberish
double Dutch
an incomprehensible talk
double talk
deliberately unintelligible gibberish
gabble, jabber, jabbering
rapid and indistinct speech
mumbo jumbo
language or ritual causing, or intending to cause, confusion
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)

Synonyms:
buncombe, bunkum, guff, hogwash, rot
Types:
Irish bull, bull, bullshit, crap, dogshit, horseshit, shit
obscene words for unacceptable behavior
Type of:
drivel, garbage
a worthless message
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v flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

Synonyms:
break away, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail
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flee, fly, take flight
run away quickly
skedaddle
run away, as if in a panic
break
make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
stampede
run away in a stampede
abscond, absquatulate, bolt, decamp, go off, make off, run off
run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
elope, run off
run away secretly with one's beloved
break loose, escape, get away
run away from confinement
high-tail
retreat at full speed
defect, desert
desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
Type of:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place

v avoid paying

Synonyms:
beat
Type of:
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit
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n a long trough for feeding cattle

Synonyms:
feed bunk
Type of:
manger, trough
a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed
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