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  • enPR: bŭngk, IPA(key): /bʌŋk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋk

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.


bunk (plural bunks)

  1. One of a series of berths or beds placed in tiers.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 6, in 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, […]
    Jane sleeps in the top bunk, and her little sister Lauren takes the bottom bunk.
  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.
    Due to bed shortages, Jeff and Paul had to bunk together.
  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.


bunk (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Bunkum; senseless talk, nonsense.
    What she said about me was total bunk. Don't believe a word
  2. (slang) A specimen of a recreational drug with insufficient active ingredient.
    • 2020 July 18, Rio Da Yung OG, featured by T LB$ (lyrics and music), “Toledo 2 Flint”, in The World is Yours[2], 1:26–1:28:
      I still can get off with a pound of bunk and pretend it's some Runtz


bunk (not comparable)

  1. (slang) Defective, broken, not functioning properly.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus: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.


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

  1. (Britain) To fail to attend school or work without permission; to play truant (usually as in 'to bunk off').
    The naughty boys decided to bunk school and visit the comic shop.
  2. (dated) To expel from a school.
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Probably onomatopoeic.



  1. A light blow from an animal's head.


  • Kathleen A. Browne (1927) The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Sixth Series, Vol.17 No.2, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, page 136