Main definitions of bunk in English

: bunk1bunk2

bunk1

noun

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

    • ‘He first checked the bunks but they were all empty.’
    • ‘The beds were bunks three tiers high and without mattresses.’
    • ‘Although I had only booked for two, the cabin had four bunks.’
    • ‘Others are the height of luxury - sheds with windows, built in bunks and primus stoves, radios and easy chairs.’
    • ‘Although it was converted from an old prison, the luxurious beds are far from bunks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Few pirates were in there, snoozing deeply in their bunks or hammocks.’
    • ‘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 building accommodated 88 people in two and three-tiered bunks in small rooms with no fire extinguishers or sprinkler system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a little more than twice the size of my room in the apartment, and fit four beds - two bunks - easily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And interestingly, they've all got their names on their bunks which is extremely useful for an archaeologist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Karen and I went to West Texas State University together, and I bunked with Karen and Lisa my rookie year on tour.’
    • ‘The Queenslanders were sleeping in cars or bunking in caravan parks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inmates had their own cells, an improvement over bunking with another con.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They bunked at Meadowood resort for a week, then headed for Pebble Beach for golfing.’
    • ‘Guests bunked at the swank Las Brisas and partied across the Pacific resort.’
    • ‘Baker, Pease, Broadwater, and Lieutenant Charles B. Schofield bunked together in another tent.’
    • ‘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…’’
    • ‘We bunked together at a history convention early in our careers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know, you never mentioned that I'm bunking with one of the girls.’
    • ‘We grew up in a three-bedroomed bungalow, with three kids bunking together in each of the two kids' bedrooms.’
    • ‘‘Sure,’ I said, ‘I probably should know what you do if we're going to be bunking together.’’
    • ‘Spend nights exaggerating your catch over Scotch and bunking in vintage 1920s Pullman cars.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

bunk

/bəNGk/

Main definitions of bunk in English

: bunk1bunk2

bunk2

noun

informal
  • Nonsense.

    ‘anyone with a brain cell would never believe such bunk’
    • ‘Foretelling the future through astrology is bunk, right?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I still have no idea whether it's total bunk or not.’
    • ‘Does this mean I think all Eastern medicine is bunk?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a democracy, this sort of offensive bunk needs to be tolerated.’
    • ‘Precisely, the governor said that multiculturalism is bunk.’
    • ‘All of this bunk is making its way around Nassau.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That he believes his own bunk is the best joke of all.’
    • ‘These people have abandoned their own religion as so much bunk, but have enthusiastically embraced Buddhism, which they imperfectly understand.’
    • ‘We like to believe that history is bunk because we don't like being bound by it.’
    • ‘Namely, that this global warming, de-forestation and pollution stuff is all bunk, the planet has never been in finer fettle etc.’
    • ‘Most trendspotting articles - especially those appearing in newsless August - are bunk.’
    • ‘So the Leftist explanation that ‘poverty’ keeps blacks out is sheer bunk.’
    • ‘Certainly there is as much bunk out there that needs to be unmasked as nonsense or lies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Proportional representation, for reasons on which I have ranted extensively in this house and elsewhere, is bunk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In an often-quoted remark, Henry Ford, the great captain of industry, said, ‘History is more or less bunk.’’
    rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, blether
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Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of bunkum.

Pronunciation:

bunk

/bəNGk/