conk

1 [kongk, kawngk] Slang.
noun
1.
the head.
2.
a blow on the head.
3.
British. the nose.
verb (used with object)
4.
to hit or strike on the head.

Origin:
1805–15; of obscure origin

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conk

2 [kongk, kawngk]
verb (used without object) Slang.
1.
to break or fail, as a machine or engine (often followed by out ): The engine conked out halfway there.
2.
to slow down or stop; lose energy (often followed by out ).
3.
to go to sleep (usually followed by off or out ).
4.
to lose consciousness; faint (usually followed by out ).
5.
to die (usually followed by out ).

Origin:
1915–20; perhaps of imitative orig.

conk

4 [kongk, kawngk] Slang.
noun
1.
a method of chemically straightening the hair.
2.
a hairstyle in which the hair has been chemically straightened and sometimes set into waves.
verb (used with object)
3.
to straighten (kinky hair) by the use of chemicals: to have one's hair conked.
Also, process.


Origin:
probably shortening and alteration of congolene, alleged to be the name of a hair straightener made from Congo copal

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conk (kɒŋk)
 
vb
1.  to strike (someone) a blow, esp on the head or nose
 
n
2.  a punch or blow, esp on the head or nose
3.  the head or (esp Brit and NZ) the nose
 
[C19: probably changed from conch]

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conk
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 (pronounced "conk") shell.
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Example sentences
Pickett was eventually conked by a bottle thrown from the stands, but all escaped.
Mine conked out fairly close to schedule, many of them following the pattern of depressive seizures.
As if to help clear his mind of wrongheaded thinking, the club's general manager was conked on the head with a bottle.
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