American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The head.
- n. A blow, especially on the head.
- n. Chiefly British The human nose.
- v. To hit, especially on the head.
- v. To stop functioning; fail: The engine conked out on the final lap.
- v. To fall asleep, especially suddenly or heavily: conked out on the couch watching television.
- v. To pass out; faint.
- v. To die.
- n. A hard, shelflike, spore-bearing structure of certain wood-decaying fungi, found on stumps, logs, or trees.
- n. A hairstyle in which the hair is straightened, usually by chemical means. Also called process1.
- v. To straighten (tightly curled hair) usually by chemical means.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A confidential chat.
- n. The head.
- n. The nose.
- n. In botany, a tough, leathery, or woody fungus, especially Trametes pini, whose fruiting bodies are bracket-like in form and occur upon the trunks of trees, producing a decay of the timber.
- n. mycology The shelf- or bracket-shaped fruiting body of a Bracket fungus (A.K.A. Shelf fungus), i.e., a mushroom growing off a tree trunk.
- n. slang A nose, especially a large one.
- n. alternative spelling of conch.
- v. slang To hit, especially on the head.
- v. To chemically straighten tightly curled hair.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. slang the head.
- n. slang a blow to the head.
- v. slang to hit on the head.
- v. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
- v. come to a stop
- n. informal term for the nose
- v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
- v. hit, especially on the head
- N. sense 1b, and v., probably of imitative origin.Perhaps alteration of conch.Perhaps alteration of congolene, substance for straightening hair. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Paris blows hers out; Malcolm's early "conk" came courtesy of a painful lye job.”
“Just as it seem like they can't shout any louder, we hear this big "conk," which sound like somebody get hit over the head with a board or somethin.”
“It also refers to the "conk" style in which tightly curled hair is straightened using the chemical congolene (or should it be conkolene, according to Lionel Boyd) and then combed out.”
“The Montague people in 1759 paid £1 10s. for their "conk," and also on the purchase year gave Joseph Root 20 shillings for blowing the new shell.”
“We hear toward evening, high in air, the "conk" of the wild-geese.”
“With my wild zoot suit I wore the yellow knob-toe shoes, and I frizzled my hair up into a reddish bush of conk.”
“Seriously, I have these fevered memories of the ring producing a giant green photon hammer to conk some dude on the melon.”
“Cabin pressure and high altitude typically cause the taste buds to conk out a mixed blessing, some might say, which means Heston Blumenthal has his work cut out preparing the kind of gourmet dishes for British Airways that airline passengers will actually appreciate.”
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“And so, Michael's sad, desperate journey to the land of de-nubification would begin — first with the throwback conk/curls and as time would go by, the more extreme, outré modifications to skin, sinew and bone.”
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With bows of great respect to Connie Willis, author of "Bellwether" and other wonderful books.
Words formed in imitation of the sound of the things they signify.
Words containing the sound /ŏngk/.
Words as I learn them.
words for a play
Words that describe bunking into stuff.
Euphemisms for the curiously common human pastime of dying.
That's my nose!
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