- A narrow shelf-like bed, typically one of two or more arranged one on top of the other.More example sentences
- Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.
- Inside it's designed as the cabin of a ship: the bunks used to be hammocks and, even when they changed to something more solid, they were famous for having three tiers.
- Few pirates were in there, snoozing deeply in their bunks or hammocks.
verb[no object] chiefly North American Back to top
- Sleep in a bunk or improvised bed, typically in shared quarters: they bunk together in the dormitoryMore example sentences
- The Queenslanders were sleeping in cars or bunking in caravan parks.
- ‘Sure,’ I said, ‘I probably should know what you do if we're going to be bunking together.’
- Baker, Pease, Broadwater, and Lieutenant Charles B. Schofield bunked together in another tent.
mid 18th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to bunker.
noun[mass noun] • informal
- Nonsense: anyone with a brain cell would never believe such bunkMore example sentences
- We like to believe that history is bunk because we don't like being bound by it.
- That he believes his own bunk is the best joke of all.
- Certainly there is as much bunk out there that needs to be unmasked as nonsense or lies.
early 20th century: abbreviation of bunkum.
verb[no object] (bunk off) British • informal
- Abscond or play truant from school or work: he bunked off school all weekMore example sentences
play truant from, truant from, stay away from, not go to, be absent from, skip, avoid, shirkBritish • informal skive offIrish • informal mitch offNorth American • informal play hookey from, goof off, ditch, cutAustralian/New Zealand • informal play the wag from• rare bag, hop the wag from
- It is just really to keep a high profile in case pupils who do not want to go to school think it's all gone quiet so they can bunk off again.
- About 50,000 children in England bunk off school each day, despite the fact that millions of pounds have been spent on initiatives including town-centre truancy sweeps.
- He was always trying to encourage me to bunk off and go hang out in the caff at the park, but I being the goody-goody that I was always refused convinced I'd get caught.
do a bunk
- • informal Make a hurried or furtive departure or escape.More example sentences
run off, run away, make off, take off, take to one's heels, run for it, make a run for it, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act• informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scramBritish • informal do a runner, scarper, do a moonlight (flit)Australian • informal go through, shoot through• vulgar slang bugger off• archaic fly
- The rules say you can work in pairs in the evenings after 8 p.m. so if you get into trouble, one of you can run interference while your oppo does a bunk to safety.
- Many of them had to do a bunk as the Nazis became more powerful and they ended up in Hollywood.
- She came to Britain in 1795 to meet her future husband (later George IV) who took one look, did a bunk and ordered a large brandy.
mid 19th century: of unknown origin.