punk

A punk is a young troublemaker. If your elderly neighbor thinks of you as a young punk, he either thinks all kids are bad — or you did something that really disturbed him.

The Algonquin word for dust or ashes, ponk is the most likely root of punk, which originally described rotten wood used to start fires. That meaning is also found in the adjective form of punk, poor quality, or disposable. Facing long-term unemployment in 1970s London, kids invented punk rock and extreme styles of dress and hair to go along with it, because, in the words of a well-known punk song of the day, they felt they had no future.

Primary Meanings of punk

1.
n
a teenager or young adult who is a performer (or enthusiast) of punk rock and a member of the punk youth subculture
2.
n
material for starting a fire
3.
adj
of very poor quality; flimsy
Full Definitions of punk
1

n a teenager or young adult who is a performer (or enthusiast) of punk rock and a member of the punk youth subculture

Synonyms:
punk rocker
Type of:
adolescent, stripling, teen, teenager
a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity

n an aggressive and violent young criminal

Synonyms:
goon, hood, hoodlum, strong-armer, thug, tough, toughie
Types:
bully
a hired thug
Type of:
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw
someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

n rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock

Synonyms:
punk rock
Type of:
rock, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll
a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
2

n material for starting a fire

Synonyms:
kindling, spunk, tinder, touchwood
Type of:
igniter, ignitor, lighter
a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire

n substance that smolders when ignited; used to light fuses (especially fireworks)

Type of:
igniter, ignitor, lighter
a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire
3

adj of very poor quality; flimsy

Synonyms:
bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, sleazy, tinny
inferior
of low or inferior quality

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