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1 a long trough for feeding cattle [syn: feed bunk]
2 a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers [syn: berth, built in bed]
3 a rough bed (as at a campsite)
4 unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements) [syn: bunkum, buncombe, guff, rot, hogwash]
5 a message that seems to convey no meaning [syn: nonsense, nonsensicality, meaninglessness, hokum]
6 beds built one above the other [syn: bunk bed]


1 avoid paying; "beat the subway fare" [syn: beat]
2 provide with a bunk; "We bunked the children upstairs"
3 flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up" [syn: run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away]

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  • , /bʌŋk/, /bVNk/
    Rhymes with: -ʌŋk

Etymology 1

Sense of sleeping berth possibly from Scottish English bunker, origin is uncertain but possibly Scandanavian. Confer Old Swedish bunke. See also boarding, flooring and confer bunch.


  1. One of a series of berths or bed placed in tiers.
  2. A built-in bed on board ship, often erected in tiers one above the other.
  3. A cot.
  4. A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night.
  5. A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
Derived terms
(nautical) built-in bed on board ship
Finnish: punkka
(military) cot
Finnish: punkka
one of a series of berth in tiers


  1. to occupy a bunk
  2. to provide a bunk

Etymology 2

Shortened from bunkum, a variant of buncombe.


  1. Bunkum; senseless talk, nonsense.
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Derived terms

Etymology 3


  1. To fail to attend school without permission; to play truant.
  2. To expel from a school.
to fail to attend school without permission


Extensive Definition

Bunk may refer to:
bunk in Portuguese: Tarimba

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, abscond, applesauce, balderdash, balls, baloney, bed, bedstead, beguile, berth, bestow, betray, big talk, bilge, billet, blague, blah, blah-blah, board, bop, bosh, break, bull, bullshit, bunkum, claptrap, cohabit, couch, crap, decamp, delude, domicile, domiciliate, doss, doss down, double-cross, dwell, eyewash, fancy talk, fine talk, fish story, flam, flapdoodle, flee, flimflam, fly, four-flush, gammon, gas, guff, gup, gurney, hang out, harbor, highfalutin, highfaluting, hogwash, hoke, hokum, hooey, hot air, house, humbug, humbuggery, hut, inhabit, jazz, jiggery-pokery, kip, litter, live, lodge, malarkey, mislead, moonshine, nest, occupy, perch, piffle, poppycock, put up, quarter, remain, reside, room, roost, rot, scape, scat, sell out, shelter, shit, sofa, squat, stable, stay, stretcher, tall story, tall talk, tenant, the hay, the sack, tommyrot, tripe, wind
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