Definition of zonk in English:



  • 1with object Hit or strike.

    ‘Charley really zonked me’
    • ‘Short commented that he was seriously considering giving up competing in elite tournaments, as they were ‘zonking his brain.’’
    • ‘She zonked me again on the head with this hairbrush.’
    sedate, calm, calm down, soothe, quiet, quieten, quieten down, 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’
    • ‘After a while they get bored of that and realise the dog has zonked out.’
    • ‘It wasn't long until Phil was sitting on the edge of the bed with the kid zonked out beside him.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The second one finally worked, I zonked, and I got a good 5 hours of sleep at least.’
    • ‘Just as some foods will help you zonk out, others will make you flip like a flapjack all night.’
    • ‘I just gotta read over some of the stuff coz when I'm writing it I sometimes zonk out.’
    • ‘Some folk zonked out on the grass, performing their own rapid eye movement, but not many.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You wake up early or zonk out unconscious for hours.’
    • ‘While others went to student parties and zonked out on drugs, he danced.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘When you've got a baby you can't just take a load of drugs and zonk out and pretend it doesn't exist!’
    • ‘She promptly zonked out once more.’
    • ‘She was going to zonk out on her bed and not wake up until February.’
    • ‘And with that, he zonked out again, still as fast asleep as he was while talking.’
    • ‘Lin was zonked out on the sofa from the painkillers.’
    • ‘I have to say that I sadly zonked out at around midnight and returned to my hotel room.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Have to find some shade so the sun don't zonk me out.’
    pass out, lose consciousness, fall unconscious, black out, collapse
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1940s: imitative.