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Word of the Day: Conk

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Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...


Today's word is:

conk ¹

|käNGk, kôNGk|

verb [ no obj. ] (conk out) informal

(of a machine) Break down: my car conked out.

  • (of a person) Faint or go to sleep: he conked out on the rear seat.
  • Die.

ORIGIN: World War I: of unknown origin.

conk ²

|käNGk| informal

verb [ with obj. ]

Hit (someone) on the head: the clown conked him and sent him to the hospital with a concussion.



  1. [dated] A person's head.
  2. [Brit.] A person's nose.

ORIGIN: early 19th cent.: perhaps an alteration of conch.

conk ³



A hairstyle in which curly or kinky hair is straightened.

verb [ with obj. ]

Straighten curly or kinky hair.

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