punk Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"punk" in British English

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punknoun

uk   us   /pʌŋk/

punk noun (CULTURE)

[U] a ​culturepopular among ​youngpeople, ​especially in the late 1970s, ​involvingopposition to ​authorityexpressed through ​shockingbehaviour, ​clothes, and ​hair, and ​fast, ​loudmusic [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 ​criminalactivities: Listen to me, you little punk - you do that again and I'm ​gonnabreakyourneck.

punkadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /pʌŋk/
of or ​relating to punk or punk ​rockers: a punk ​band a punk ​hairstyle
(Definition of punk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"punk" in American English

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punknoun

 us   /pʌŋk/

punk noun (CULTURE)

[U] a ​style or ​culturepopular among ​youngpeople, esp. in the late 1970s, ​expressingopposition to ​authority through ​shockingbehavior, ​clothes, and ​hair, and through ​fast, ​loudmusic: punk ​music/​rock

punk noun (CRIMINAL)

[C] slang a ​youngperson who ​fights and is ​involved in ​criminalactivities: Some punk ​tried to ​steal my ​coat.
(Definition of punk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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