Definition of zonk in English:



  • 1[with object] Hit or strike.

    ‘Charley really zonked me’
    • ‘She zonked me again on the head with this hairbrush.’
    • ‘Short commented that he was seriously considering giving up competing in elite tournaments, as they were ‘zonking his brain.’’
    sedate, soothe, quiet, pacify, settle someone's nerves, settle something's nerves, mollify, lull, relax
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  • 2Fall or cause to fall suddenly and heavily asleep or lose consciousness.

    [no object] ‘I always just zonk out and sleep straight through’
    • ‘And with that, he zonked out again, still as fast asleep as he was while talking.’
    • ‘She promptly zonked out once more.’
    • ‘Lin was zonked out on the sofa from the painkillers.’
    • ‘She was going to zonk out on her bed and not wake up until February.’
    • ‘After a while they get bored of that and realise the dog has zonked out.’
    • ‘While others went to student parties and zonked out on drugs, he danced.’
    • ‘Some folk zonked out on the grass, performing their own rapid eye movement, but not many.’
    • ‘When you've got a baby you can't just take a load of drugs and zonk out and pretend it doesn't exist!’
    • ‘The second one finally worked, I zonked, and I got a good 5 hours of sleep at least.’
    • ‘‘Other than zonking you, we don't know that behavioral management by drug control is the way to learn to behave properly,’ said Zito, a researcher at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.’
    • ‘If not, one option is to get her on phenobarb if you decide to keep her (it will zonk her out for the first week or two).’
    • ‘Just as some foods will help you zonk out, others will make you flip like a flapjack all night.’
    • ‘You wake up early or zonk out unconscious for hours.’
    • ‘I just gotta read over some of the stuff coz when I'm writing it I sometimes zonk out.’
    • ‘Forget toys and videos - the kids have each other for entertainment, and after they zonk out, you will enjoy adult conversation as you have not experienced it in a long while.’
    • ‘She'll think that she was so tired from all that housekeeping she's done that she zonked out in the middle of your conversation.’
    • ‘And on Friday it was a welcome time for me to zonk out!’
    • ‘It wasn't long until Phil was sitting on the edge of the bed with the kid zonked out beside him.’
    • ‘Have to find some shade so the sun don't zonk me out.’
    • ‘I have to say that I sadly zonked out at around midnight and returned to my hotel room.’


1940s: imitative.