Definition of bonk in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɒŋk
(also North American boink)


  • 1 [with object] Hit (someone or something): he bonked his head on the plane’s low bulkhead
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    • On the first landing she attempts to stand, but one leg is an unhelpful position, and she bonks her head on the landing.
    • When Evan tries to mount his trusty steed, he bonks his superhero-sized chin on the saddle.
    • ‘Naw,’ he replied smiling fondly and bonking her on the head with his book, ‘My mom drove me today.’
  • 2 [no object] British Have sexual intercourse: the young couple bonking upstairs [with object]: Juan was forcibly ejected for bonking his host’s wife at a party
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    • But that does not mean the bike sheds are crawling with nubile adolescents bonking like bunnies, or that those highly sexually experienced teenagers are typical.
    • The World Health Organization estimates that for every minute that passes, 83,000 couples round the world are bonking.
    • I'll show you mine if you show me yours… that is, I'll tell you which star I'd like to sleep with if you'll tell me who you'd like to bonk.
  • 3 [no object] (Of a cyclist or runner) reach a point of exhaustion that makes it impossible to go further: I bonked and couldn’t pedal another stroke
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    • Gerosa is now letting a gap open up at the back of the break… could he be bonking?
    • He bonked over the next ascent, losing more than a minute, and the overall leader's mantle, to The Falcon.
    • This year I threw time away in the Pyrenees when I bonked.


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  • 1An act or the sound of hitting someone or something: give it a bonk with a hammer
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    • And yet he runs off stage in tears when he gets a little bonk from a Volvic bottle?
    • If an actor looks like a wimp, it's not going to be believable for him to slam down the other character, but a bonk to the eyes might work instead.
    • The next thing Ayaki heard was a small bonk and an ‘ouch’ afterwards.
  • 2British An act of sexual intercourse.
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    • A self-absorbed advertising type, gives up his Christmas airplane seat to a family man so he can stay behind for a bonk.
    • Last year I went back to Kynance with my beloved fiancée, and we thanked my guardian angel by having a delightful bonk on a cliff.
    • At least Sex in the City ended with a good bonk, which provided a raucous end to another lacklustre last show.
  • 3 (the bonk) A level of exhaustion that makes a cyclist or runner unable to go further: we had the bonk when we were saddle sore
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    • It also means that you need to keep the carbohydrates coming in throughout the race as the bonk will occur sooner than at sea level.
    • This additional carbohydrate fuel will prolong the time to the bonk.
    • As the miles rack up the body starts to feel fatigued, the mind starts to not be quite as sharp, but I wasn't feeling the bonk and could have gone on for more.


1930s: imitative.

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