a cheap, noisy, and garish nightclub or dance hall.
[hong-kee-tong-kee, hawng-kee-tawng-] /ˈhɒŋ kiˌtɒŋ ki, ˈhɔŋ kiˌtɔŋ-/ (Show IPA). of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a honky-tonk:
a honky-tonk atmosphere.
characterized by or having a large number of honky-tonks:
the honky-tonk part of town.
Music. noting a style of ragtime piano-playing characterized by a strict two-four or four-four bass, either contrapuntal or chordal, and a melody embellished with chords and syncopated rhythms, typically performed on a piano whose strings have been muffled and given a tinny sound.
verb (used without object)
to visit or frequent honky-tonks.
1890-95, Americanism; rhyming compound based on honk