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From honk-a-tonk (“a cheap nightclub”), possibly imitative
- A bar or nightclub that caters to Southern patrons and provides country music for entertainment.
- (dated) Any cheap nightclub.
- Gimme, gimme, gimme a honky-tonk girl. The Rolling Stones, "Honky-tonk Woman".
- (dated) The type of music typically played in such a club
- (music) 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 often associated with patrons of honky-tonks.
- (music) country music