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Bunk may refer to:

  • Bunk (slang), absurd, ridiculous, nonsense, wikt:Bunkum (related to the word debunk)
  • Bunk (school slang), truancy, to "play hookey", to "cut" or "skip" class
  • Bunk bed, a type of bed in which one bed is stacked over another
  • Bunk Moreland, a character on the HBO drama The Wire
  • Bunk, the title of a book written by W.E. Woodward


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Etymology 1

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.

Noun

Singular
bunk

Plural
bunks

bunk (plural bunks)

  1. One of a series of berths or bed placed in tiers.
  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, informal) A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
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Verb

Infinitive
to bunk

Third person singular
bunks

Simple past
bunked

Past participle
bunked

Present participle
bunking

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

  1. to occupy a bunk
  2. to provide a bunk

Etymology 2

Shortened from bunkum, a variant of buncombe.

Noun

Singular
bunk

Plural
uncountable

bunk (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Bunkum; senseless talk, nonsense.
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Etymology 3

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Verb

Infinitive
to bunk

Third person singular
bunks

Simple past
bunked

Past participle
bunked

Present participle
bunking

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

  1. (British) To fail to attend school without permission; to play truant.
  2. (obsolete) To expel from a school.
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References

  • bunk” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
  • bunk in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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