honky-tonk

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Etymology[edit]

From honk-a-tonk (a cheap nightclub), possibly imitative

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhɒŋkiˌtɒŋk/, /ˈhɑŋkiˌtɑŋk/
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Noun[edit]

honky-tonk (plural honky-tonks)

  1. (dated) A cheap nightclub
    Gimme, gimme, gimme a honky-tonk girl. The Rolling Stones, "Honky-tonk Woman".
  2. (dated) The type of music typically played in such a club
  3. A style of country music emphasizing traditional country instruments (e.g., guitar, steel guitar and fiddle); a rough, nasal vocal style; and tragic themes such as heartbreak, infidelity and alcoholism.

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