Main definitions of bunk in English

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bunk1

noun

  • A narrow shelflike bed, typically one of two or more arranged one on top of the other.

    • ‘She later returned to Umm Qasr to provide a base for Royal Marines camped out in the desert - her showers, comfortable bunks and good food proved a welcome respite for the troops.’
    • ‘The building accommodated 88 people in two and three-tiered bunks in small rooms with no fire extinguishers or sprinkler system.’
    • ‘Few pirates were in there, snoozing deeply in their bunks or hammocks.’
    • ‘They can decide together what would be a fair way of assigning responsibilities for keeping the cabin clean, or even how the bunks are arranged.’
    • ‘Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.’
    • ‘He first checked the bunks but they were all empty.’
    • ‘He began his sentence in the Bendigo police station cells, where up to 18 prisoners were locked in an area with bunks for five or six people.’
    • ‘Be sure crossties are under the mattress foundation of each bed and that they are secured in place even if bunks are used as twin beds.’
    • ‘The beds were bunks three tiers high and without mattresses.’
    • ‘And interestingly, they've all got their names on their bunks which is extremely useful for an archaeologist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a little more than twice the size of my room in the apartment, and fit four beds - two bunks - easily.’
    • ‘The bunks are laid two high in a row of four against one wall, while along the other wall are several small desks and tables, some with console screens, one with personal computer and one with a food dispenser.’
    • ‘Others are the height of luxury - sheds with windows, built in bunks and primus stoves, radios and easy chairs.’
    • ‘In lock-down means that he has been in a small 8 x 10 room (that's in feet), double bunks with a toilet and a sink for two years.’
    • ‘Although I had only booked for two, the cabin had four bunks.’
    • ‘Although it was converted from an old prison, the luxurious beds are far from bunks.’
    • ‘The band, who were all asleep at the time (very rock 'n' roll), were thrown from their bunks and some suffered minor injuries.’
    • ‘Cabins are roomy, with double bottom bunks and handbasin.’
    • ‘He built himself a rough bach and fitted it out with four bunks, making it an ‘open house’ for men in need, old or young, drunk or sober.’
    berth, cot, bunk bed, bed
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verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
  • Sleep in a narrow berth or improvised bed, typically in shared quarters as a temporary arrangement.

    ‘they bunk together in the dormitory’
    • ‘Baker, Pease, Broadwater, and Lieutenant Charles B. Schofield bunked together in another tent.’
    • ‘We grew up in a three-bedroomed bungalow, with three kids bunking together in each of the two kids' bedrooms.’
    • ‘My sisters giggled to me as we lay in the dark, bunked in a guest room together: ‘You're never gonna believe what Dad thinks…’’
    • ‘Karen and I went to West Texas State University together, and I bunked with Karen and Lisa my rookie year on tour.’
    • ‘They bunked at Meadowood resort for a week, then headed for Pebble Beach for golfing.’
    • ‘As soon as we landed, we dropped our stuff off at the Guard base where we bunked and then picked up rental cars and hit the dance clubs.’
    • ‘Inmates had their own cells, an improvement over bunking with another con.’
    • ‘You'll carry your own gear as you pedal a hybrid bicycle through the mango orchards, cashew groves, and savannas of the Saloum River valley, bunking in small hotels and local villagers' homes along the way.’
    • ‘We were passing a line of small log huts on a hillside, reproductions of the miserable quarters that Washington's army had bunked in, and Mwai pointed at them.’
    • ‘One night a week, sometimes two, I bunked at Winthrop's hovel finding that a minor improvement to a second career in local train-travel.’
    • ‘‘Sure,’ I said, ‘I probably should know what you do if we're going to be bunking together.’’
    • ‘You know, you never mentioned that I'm bunking with one of the girls.’
    • ‘I know firsthand it's true that warriors like Charley are tormented in their dreams and cry out in their sleep as they re-fight their battles; yes that I know from bunking with him.’
    • ‘The three fledgling entrepreneurs immediately moved in, bunking on the floor in sleeping bags; they began construction of a recording studio on the adjacent land.’
    • ‘If you would have told me a year ago when you and I bunked together at your parent's house that we would have been friends now, I wouldn't believe you for a minute.’
    • ‘The Queenslanders were sleeping in cars or bunking in caravan parks.’
    • ‘After bunking for 10 years in a two-bedroom condominium that doubled as his business office, Philip was ready to trade breakfast meetings in his pajamas for a more refined style of living.’
    • ‘We bunked together at a history convention early in our careers.’
    • ‘Spend nights exaggerating your catch over Scotch and bunking in vintage 1920s Pullman cars.’
    • ‘Guests bunked at the swank Las Brisas and partied across the Pacific resort.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to bunker.

Pronunciation

bunk

/bəNGk//bəŋk/

Main definitions of bunk in English

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bunk2

noun

informal
  • Nonsense.

    ‘anyone with a brain cell would never believe such bunk’
    • ‘These people have abandoned their own religion as so much bunk, but have enthusiastically embraced Buddhism, which they imperfectly understand.’
    • ‘In a democracy, this sort of offensive bunk needs to be tolerated.’
    • ‘Proportional representation, for reasons on which I have ranted extensively in this house and elsewhere, is bunk.’
    • ‘Namely, that this global warming, de-forestation and pollution stuff is all bunk, the planet has never been in finer fettle etc.’
    • ‘Foretelling the future through astrology is bunk, right?’
    • ‘Does this mean I think all Eastern medicine is bunk?’
    • ‘Most trendspotting articles - especially those appearing in newsless August - are bunk.’
    • ‘And I still have no idea whether it's total bunk or not.’
    • ‘In an often-quoted remark, Henry Ford, the great captain of industry, said, ‘History is more or less bunk.’’
    • ‘Precisely, the governor said that multiculturalism is bunk.’
    • ‘Interestingly if you search for it online, pretty much the first thing you get is a long page by earthquake experts explaining precisely why it's total bunk.’
    • ‘All of this bunk is making its way around Nassau.’
    • ‘Certainly there is as much bunk out there that needs to be unmasked as nonsense or lies.’
    • ‘We like to believe that history is bunk because we don't like being bound by it.’
    • ‘So the Leftist explanation that ‘poverty’ keeps blacks out is sheer bunk.’
    • ‘That he believes his own bunk is the best joke of all.’
    • ‘I've said before that I think the supply-siders who argue that lowering our marginal tax rates will raise revenue are full of bunk.’
    • ‘On every other subject, they assure us all that ‘right is right and wrong is wrong’ and that cultural relativism is bunk from the elites.’
    • ‘That's been shown to be complete bunk, as evidenced by the fact that Canada won last year's World Championship and the gold medal in Salt Lake City.’
    • ‘The theory that this drifter that's living in his car sneaks in - and this garage door theory, I think is a bunch of bunk.’
    rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, blether
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Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of bunkum.

Pronunciation

bunk

/bəNGk//bəŋk/

Main definitions of bunk in English

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bunk3

verb

[NO OBJECT]bunk off
British
informal
  • Abscond or play truant from school or work.

    ‘he bunked off school all week’
    • ‘No word yet on whether their own children will bunk off that Swiss finishing school or French lycée.’
    • ‘The warning came as Essex officials announced that a truancy sweep yesterday netted 26 children bunking off in just two hours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Honestly, it is well worth bunking off work altogether on these occasions, since the pleasure of watching the artless production economies more than repays the rows I get for missed deadlines.’
    • ‘He could have feigned a headache maybe and bunked off for the afternoon and saved us all a bit of bother.’
    • ‘Clarkson, then 17, had to bunk off from her A-levels, which angered her mother.’
    • ‘Chris Tarrant puts crew members on the spot with a number of pertinent questions, including how they managed to bunk off so many lectures without getting thrown out of college.’
    • ‘I couldn't bunk off from classes because if I had been in school I would be spotted by everyone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Management sometimes resists home working because they believe there is too much temptation to bunk off.’
    • ‘I bunked off from marriage like I bunked off from school.’
    • ‘Troublesome teens aged 14 to 18 land up in the prison's classrooms - many with a pretty negative attitude to education having bunked off for most of their school career.’
    • ‘Working in pairs, education welfare and police officers drive around their designated patches looking for youngsters bunking off in popular haunts.’
    • ‘Reality also shows there are many reasons why kids bunk off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gerry and Sewell bunk off school, because they see no point in it.’
    • ‘But she said some children would always try to bunk off school and it was important to make them realise the seriousness of the situation, otherwise they would just keep on doing it.’
    • ‘Teachers in a city with the second worst truancy record in the UK have accepted that the only way they can ensure pupils do not bunk off to watch matches is to show the games in school.’
    • ‘I couldn't do it, and found myself (like many others) bunking off to have at least a couple of drags.’
    • ‘They were mostly away on the mainland, I later learnt, and those in school locally didn't bunk off.’
    play truant from, truant from, stay away from, not go to, be absent from, skip, avoid, shirk
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Phrases

  • do a bunk

    • informal Make a hurried or furtive departure or escape.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The English agent even had the cheek to send an e-mail saying he was doing a bunk and planned to emigrate to Italy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He did a bunk in mid-December (just before an ICAC inquiry into the controversial Orange Grove affair resumed) and hasn't been seen or heard from since.’
      • ‘Kahlil's stepfather, the man she did a bunk with, never seems to have warmed to the boy.’
      • ‘The boss came out, said there was a police officer inside, and urged me to do a bunk or get prison.’
      • ‘He revealed details of the blackmail to churchwardens and members of the parochial church council and told them he was gay, before doing a bunk on police advice.’
      • ‘Fans of Twins Peaks may remember an episode where James Hurley and Donna Heywood meet at the Roadhouse before doing a bunk as things at home develop into a higher state of bedlam.’
      • ‘Peter Chapman remembers: ‘He put two of them in hospital - the other one did a bunk.’’
      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 retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
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Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bunk

/bəNGk//bəŋk/