- 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 fancied resemblance to a CONCH (Cf. conch) (pronounced "conk") shell.
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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  ► 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