Definition of punkette in US English:



  • A female punk rocker.

    • ‘Front punkette Carol Hodge, with her Betty Paige hairstyle and sparkly make-up, got their hardcore fans up at the front bouncing up and down to the beat.’
    • ‘The Canadian teen dream who posed as a punkette and reaped millions with the 2002 hit ‘Complicated’ returns with a live album in hopes of establishing herself as a singer-song-writer of longevity.’
    • ‘There was one solitary over-enthusiastic punkette from Tyneside who kept fruitlessly pestering us for the song ‘Nellie The Elephant’ by the Toy Dolls.’
    • ‘Some young pink-haired punkette came barging between me and John and was going totally mad for this band like she was some kind of Rent-a-Groupie.’
    • ‘Only in a world where Limp Bizkit pass for metal could this Tiffany retread ever be mistaken for punk, or punkish, or punkette.’
    • ‘She first hit screens at age 21 in 1986 as a bleach-blonde punkette with close-cropped hair and a taste for unruly eye makeup.’
    • ‘In which four West-coast punkettes, aged 15 and 16, produce power-pop-punk in the shadow of straightedge tat-queen Bif Naked.’
    • ‘Get out of my way, you useless little punkettes.’
    • ‘The ersatz punkette of Let Go, her 14 million-selling debut, only gets to pogo once on ‘I Always Get What I Want’, a spiky afterthought.’
    • ‘Her neurotic, green-haired, New York punkette role as Clementine Kruczynski in the movie was a revelation.’
    • ‘Southgate College started the show with loud 21st century punkettes in tartan and black leather.’
    • ‘Oy, we'll need more punkettes like you in the revolution, won't we?’
    • ‘She dresses in all the latest punkette clothes (which she makes herself) and she doesn't even have to argue with her father about how many earrings she can wear in each ear.’
    • ‘Mandy, now a 37-year-old sales rep with two children, was a teenage punkette still at Huntington school back then.’
    • ‘The band was cheerfully fielding loads of requests from fawning punkettes who wanted various parts of their bodies signing.’
    • ‘Ashfield, for example, is a delight and is irresistibly bolshie as Jody - a kind of latter-day punkette without any direction for her anger.’
    • ‘It differs starkly from the '60s and '70s tradition with the marketing of punkette or pop-rock acts such as the Runaways and the Go-Gos.’
    • ‘Strayman is a self-styled angry poet of the streets who invites the punkette guitarist Strumpet to his grungy digs after rescuing her from attack.’
    • ‘She never made an impression on me, and so many punkettes used to copy her style that the whole look became rather tired and passe.’


1980s: from punk + the feminine suffix -ette.