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punk

noun uk   /pʌŋk/ us  

punk noun (CULTURE)

[U] a culture popular among young people, especially in the late 1970s, involving opposition to authority expressed through shocking behaviour, clothes, and hair, and fast, loud music [C] ( also punk rocker) a person who wears punk clothes and likes punk music

punk noun (CRIMINAL)

[C] mainly US slang a young man who fights and is involved in criminal activities: Listen to me, you little punk - you do that again and I'm gonna break your neck.

punk

adjective [before noun] uk   /pʌŋk/ us  
of or relating to punk or punk rockers: a punk band a punk hairstyle
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