bunk

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Etymology 1[edit]

Sense of sleeping berth possibly from Scottish English bunker (seat, bench), origin is uncertain but possibly Scandinavian. Confer Old Swedish bunke (boards used to protect the cargo of a ship). See also boarding, flooring and confer bunch.

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bunk (plural bunks)

  1. One of a series of berths or bed placed in tiers.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 6, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      The men resided in a huge bunk house, which consisted of one room only, with a shack outside where the cooking was done. In the large room were a dozen bunks ; half of them in a very dishevelled state, […]
  2. (nautical) A built-in bed on board ship, often erected in tiers one above the other.
  3. (military) A cot.
  4. (US) A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night.
  5. (US, dialect) A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
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bunk (third-person singular simple present bunks, present participle bunking, simple past and past participle bunked)

  1. To occupy a bunk.
  2. To provide a bunk.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened from bunkum, a variant of buncombe, from Buncombe County, North Carolina. See bunkum for more.

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bunk (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Bunkum; senseless talk, nonsense.
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Etymology 3[edit]

19th century, of uncertain origin; perhaps from previous "to occupy a bunk" meaning, with connotations of a hurried departure, as if on a ship.

Verb[edit]

bunk (third-person singular simple present bunks, present participle bunking, simple past and past participle bunked)

  1. (UK) To fail to attend school or work without permission; to play truant (usually as in 'to bunk off').
  2. (obsolete) To expel from a school.
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