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Topic: MUSIC

Sense: 1-3
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Perhaps from punk 'prostitute' (16-20 centuries).
Sense: 4
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Perhaps from spunk 'material for lighting fires'; SPUNK

punk

noun
     
punk
1 [uncountable] also punk rockAPM a type of loud music popular in the late 1970s and 1980s
2 [countable] also punk rockerSSY someone who likes punk music and wears things that are typical of it, such as torn clothes, metal chains, and coloured hair:
punk hairstyles
3 [countable] American English informalSCC a young man who fights and breaks the law
4 [uncountable] American English a substance that burns without a flame that is used to light fireworks etc
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