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)
- One of a series of berths or bed placed in tiers.
- (nautical) A built-in bed on board ship, often erected in tiers one above the other.
- (military) A cot.
- (US) A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night.
- (US, dialect) A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
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19th century, of uncertain origin; perhaps from previous "to occupy a bunk" meaning, with connotations of a hurried departure, as if on a ship.
- (Britain) To fail to attend school or work without permission; to play truant (usually as in 'to bunk off').
- (obsolete) To expel from a school.