from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrow bed built like a shelf into or against a wall, as in a ship's cabin.
  • n. A bunk bed.
  • n. A place for sleeping.
  • intransitive v. To sleep in a bunk or bed.
  • intransitive v. To stay the night; sleep: bunk over at a friend's house.
  • intransitive v. To go to bed: bunked down early.
  • transitive v. To provide with sleeping quarters.
  • n. Empty talk; nonsense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a series of berths or bed placed in tiers.
  • n. A built-in bed on board ship, often erected in tiers one above the other.
  • n. A cot.
  • n. A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night.
  • n. A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
  • v. To occupy a bunk.
  • v. To provide a bunk.
  • n. Bunkum; senseless talk, nonsense.
  • v. To fail to attend school without permission; to play truant (usually as in 'to bunk off').
  • v. To expel from a school.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night.
  • n. One of a series of berths or bed places in tiers.
  • n. A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
  • n. a bed.
  • intransitive v. To go to bed in a bunk; -- sometimes with in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To occupy a bunk; hence, to occupy a bed; sleep: as, the two boys bunked together.
  • To place upon the bunks: as, to bunk a log.
  • To make off; run away; decamp.
  • n. A wooden case or compartment in a vessel, a sleeping-car, etc., and sometimes in a dwelling-house, used as a sleeping-berth.
  • n. A piece of timber placed across a sled to sustain a heavy weight.
  • n. The cross-beam on which the logs rest on a log-car or truck.
  • n. A log-car or truck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rough bed (as at a campsite)
  • v. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
  • n. a message that seems to convey no meaning
  • n. beds built one above the other
  • n. a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
  • v. avoid paying
  • n. a long trough for feeding cattle
  • v. provide with a bunk
  • n. unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)


Perhaps short for bunker.
Short for bunkum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Sense of sleeping berth possibly from Scottish English bunker ("seat, bench"), origin is uncertain but possibly Scandinavian. Confer Old Swedish bunke ("boards used to protect the cargo of a ship"). See also boarding, flooring and confer bunch. (Wiktionary)
Shortened from bunkum, a variant of buncombe. (Wiktionary)


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