- 1North American A cheap or disreputable bar, club, or dance hall, typically where country music is played: country bands at highway honky-tonksMore example sentences
- Here, you can get a taste of Memphis nightlife, where the blues continues to play in classic clubs and honky-tonks.
- As someone who has sometimes wondered about her own capacity to drink herself to death, I was also intrigued by the shots of men and women inside honky-tonks and other bars, sometimes at after-show functions.
- To soak up a little of the famous Nashville atmosphere, head for the honky-tonks in Downtown, a row of rough-and-ready bars all playing covers of your favourite country songs.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Squalid and disreputable: a honky-tonk beach resortMore example sentences
- I'd hope to see the site redeveloped in a tasteful way and not in a honky-tonk fashion.
- The town is but a decayed, honky-tonk version of the company town, with everything and everybody in it owned by Mr. Potter, the rapacious banker (and the town itself is, of course, Pottersville).
- 2 A style of country and western music of the 1950s associated with honky-tonks: good-time urban cowboy fare with a hint of honky-tonk and a healthy measure of rockMore example sentences
- Following a tempestuous marriage, Nelson moved in 1953 to Fort Worth, became a country deejay and played bars, mixing honky-tonk and preaching.
- The rise of honky-tonk and postwar traditional music strengthened the ‘southernness’ of country music, but country pop gave Nashville its most important tool in the battle for respectability.
- Punching the buttons I find a country music station that's awash with honky-tonk.
- 3 [often as modifier] Ragtime piano music.More example sentences
- There is music for everyone in this city - traditional jazz, honky-tonk piano, Cajun, zydeco, rhythm and blues, gospel, rock, and country.
- But when the foursome kept playing ragtime and honky-tonk music into the early hours the council decided to pull the plug.
- The pianist had grand piano, harmonium, honky-tonk piano and celeste, and the percussionist had a range of tuned and untuned percussion.
late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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