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punky1

[puhng-kee] /ˈpʌŋ ki/
adjective, punkier, punkiest.
1.
of, like, or pertaining to spongy punk.
2.
burning very slowly, as a fire.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; punk1 + -y1
Related forms
punkiness, noun

punky2

[puhng-kee] /ˈpʌŋ ki/
adjective, punkier, punkiest.
1.
Slang. of or like punks or hoodlums.
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of punk rock, its performers, or its devotees.
Origin
punk2 + -y1
Related forms
punkiness, noun
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Examples from the web for punky
  • Friable plaster and punky wood need to be consolidated.
  • Down punky logs and standing dead snags near the center of the plots were often prime fuel targets for initial ignition.
  • If the surface wood is punky the exhaust gases can ignite it.
  • Consider pieces rotten when the piece at the intersection is obviously punky or can be easily kicked apart.
Word Origin and History for punky
adj.

1872, of wood, from punk (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Punkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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