conks

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

3 [kongk, kawngk]
noun Mycology.
the shelflike fruiting body of certain wood-decaying fungi; bracket.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; of obscure origin

conky, adjective

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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