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See also: Gronk, grónk, and grønk


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Etymology 1[edit]

A photo of a sign in a bar describing a 'no gronk policy'.


gronk (plural gronks)

  1. (Australia, derogatory, informal) An unintelligent and callous person.


"gronk" in The Macquarie Dictionary Online

Etymology 2[edit]



gronk (third-person singular simple present gronks, present participle gronking, simple past and past participle gronked)

  1. (computing, slang, intransitive) Of a floppy disk drive: to produce mechanical sounds of operation.
    • 1990, Compute (volume 12, issues 1-5, page 62)
      They say a good detective always starts at the beginning, so I installed the program on my VGA PC's hard drive. As the computer gronked away, copying six 5¼-inch floppies, I wondered why, if bad detectives start at the end, []
    • 1993, Iris Forrest, Computer Tales of Fact and Fantasy:
      [] a disk drive gronked, her screen bloomed, and suddenly there was an icon in the upper right corner.
    • 1994, Bryan Pfaffenberger, I Hate PCs:
      The next startup event is the computer's attempt to read a disk in drive A. But, there is no disk in drive A, remember? You were supposed to remove any disk in this drive. So, you hear a lot of pathetic gronking and grakking until the computer gives up []
  2. (computing, slang, intransitive, rare) To fail; to crash or go wrong.
    • 1992, Charlottesville Computer Users' Group: CCUG
      Repeats the last 40 lines of IRC output, in case your terminal gronked.
    • 2010, Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (25th Anniversary Edition)
      The other faction centered on [] what went on under the [model railway] layout. This was The System, [] and it was constantly being improved, revamped, perfected, and sometimes "gronked"—in club jargon, screwed up.