Definition of bonk in English:

bonk

(North American boink)

verb

informal
  • 1with object Hit (someone or something)

    ‘he bonked his head on the plane's low bulkhead’
    • ‘During the fracas, the prince got bonked on his nose.’
    • ‘The pebble went sailing in the air before bonking him on the head.’
    • ‘He changed position to free up one of his hands, and then he used the hand to bonk his enemy's head.’
    • ‘Don't lower yourself too quickly, or you'll bonk your head on the ground.’
    • ‘The echoing bonks as they bounced down the concrete stairs was satisfyingly loud.’
    • ‘He did as told, and ended up bonking her on the head as she came up.’
    • ‘‘Naw,’ he replied smiling fondly and bonking her on the head with his book, ‘My mom drove me today.’’
    • ‘Maria jumped up so quickly, Dean's head bonked the ground hard as it fell from her lap.’
    • ‘Keagan nodded vigorously, accidentally bonking his forehead on the other's collarbone.’
    • ‘He stood, making sure that he wouldn't bonk his head on the ceiling.’
    • ‘That was built at about the time William the Conqueror was bonking Anglo-Saxons on the head.’
    • ‘There's simply no way a fire fell off a shelf and bonked an entire family in the head all at once.’
    • ‘If I bonk you on the head and take your wallet, I may damage my soul but I do have your money.’
    • ‘Pierre sat bold upright so quickly that he bonked his head on the floor of the overturned boat.’
    • ‘She steps closer to him, wishing she were two feet taller so she could just bonk her fist onto his obnoxiously rectangular head.’
    • ‘On the first landing she attempts to stand, but one leg is an unhelpful position, and she bonks her head on the landing.’
    • ‘I usually don't listen until the situation foretold to me comes right up and bonks me on the nose.’
    • ‘When Evan tries to mount his trusty steed, he bonks his superhero-sized chin on the saddle.’
    • ‘Liz stood on her toes just to bonk him in the head.’
    • ‘She had only walked a few steps, when in the next second, she was flying in the air before her forehead bonked into the whiteboard painfully.’
  • 2British no object Have sexual intercourse.

    ‘the young couple bonking upstairs’
    with object ‘I don't think that bonking the boss is a wise career strategy’
    • ‘The World Health Organization estimates that for every minute that passes, 83,000 couples round the world are bonking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That was translated into ‘We bonked all night in the back of the Volvo.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the script gods have decreed that our enigmatic hero has to have someone to bonk.’
    sexual intercourse, intercourse, lovemaking, making love, sex act, sexual relations, anal penetration, sexual penetration, vaginal penetration
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  • 3no 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’
    • ‘Little do we know that at the top of the mountain he has bonked and is lying in the first-aid station, his body limp and shivering.’
    • ‘And if you bonk on though ascents like these, the efforts taking your toll on your legs may well lessen your downhilling abilities too.’
    • ‘When I started the training, if I pushed myself above, say, 188 beats per minute, I would bonk.’
    • ‘A seven-mile loop on such terrain may take as long as two hours and always leaves one bruised, bloodied, and bonked.’
    • ‘But by the end of the three months, I could go up to 194 beats a minute and not bonk.’
    • ‘This year I threw time away in the Pyrenees when I bonked.’
    • ‘Gerosa is now letting a gap open up at the back of the break… could he be bonking?’
    • ‘Start by dawn and knock off by noon here - and hydrate or bonk.’
    • ‘Then he starts to talk about freeriding, half pipes and barrel bonks and I'm completely lost.’
    • ‘A skinny man, who bonked early and often, crumples onto his back, eyes glazed over in a thousand-yard stare.’
    • ‘The new routine never leaves him feeling bonked, but that's not best part.’
    • ‘I usually bring a wee bit of honey with me on rides in case I bonk.’
    • ‘And when you bonk, they're still on the job, drawing on other energy systems to keep you going.’
    • ‘My workouts were going more smoothly, and there was never an instance when I was in the middle of a run and all of a sudden felt the bonking effect.’
    • ‘Pace lines formed and dissolved as we each tried to find the right pace to make it 26 miles without bonking.’
    • ‘I was brought up watching the painful grimaces of bonking cyclists attempting the inane.’
    • ‘Every year, walkers are pulled off the course for dehydration and the effects of bonking.’
    • ‘He bonked over the next ascent, losing more than a minute, and the overall leader's mantle, to The Falcon.’
    • ‘More important, if you bonk on the run or have bike problems, it is much safer to have the wind at your back for the return trip.’

noun

informal
  • 1An act or the sound of hitting someone or something.

    ‘give it a bonk with a hammer’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, every bonk on the head comes in crystal clear, and for this reviewer that's all that matters.’
    • ‘Napoleon made his exit with the slam of a door and a shower of toy soldiers, one of which hit Talleyrand in the head with an audible bonk.’
    • ‘If I ever meet JJ in person, I’ll be sure to give him a good bonk on the nose.’
    • ‘That director must've had a bonk on the head or no brain at all.’
    • ‘Do people really get amnesia from a bonk on the head?’
    • ‘Revolutionary soldiers were either given a stick to bite or a bonk on the head so that they'd pass out.’
    • ‘The next thing Ayaki heard was a small bonk and an ‘ouch’ afterwards.’
    • ‘And yet he runs off stage in tears when he gets a little bonk from a Volvic bottle?’
    • ‘He then spotted me, and he gave me a bonk on the forehead with the heel of his hand,’
    • ‘Everything we've learned in the past few years has given us a bonk on the head in terms of speaking directly to individual people.’
  • 2British An act of sexual intercourse.

    • ‘A self-absorbed advertising type, gives up his Christmas airplane seat to a family man so he can stay behind for a bonk.’
    • ‘Unashamedly promiscuous, Slater's ambition dictates that a quick bonk can often be indispensable to an upwardly mobile career.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3the bonkA level of exhaustion that makes a cyclist or runner unable to go further.

    ‘we had the bonk when we were saddle sore’
    • ‘Starting now, we're riding more, eating less and maxed out on energy bars - a combo that leaves us primed for some pretty bad bonks.’
    • ‘The bonk will only hit you once and then you will never let it happen again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And sometimes, the bonks can be even more serious.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1930s: imitative.

Pronunciation

bonk

/bɒŋk/