1. pomade; hair grease.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 9 Sept. 11/1: Brother Jones has cropped his hair short to save the [cash] he once spent on ‘Konk’ and now his moss isn’t glossy any more .|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
2. hair that has been straightened through the application of a special mixture.
|N.Y. Amsterdam News 19 Oct, 20: This is my conk, and I don’t give a honk.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 36: This George Brown was strictly an icky, drape-shaped in a fine brown zoot with a pancho conk slicker’n mine.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
|N.Y. Age 19 Aug. 9: [headline] me’n my konk.|
|Corner Boy 14: The little man with the conk tossed Jake a dollar.|
|Die, Nigger Die! (con. late 1950s) 24: He’d drop by the school and be vined down. He was clean, jim. Had him a conk then and he knew he was ready.|
|Carlito’s Way 9: You had a pimp name of Red Conk on account of he conked his hair red.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 44: French cuffs . . . man had a conk and shit.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 156: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Chump. Crunk. Conk.|
|Straight Dope [ebook] [He] rocks a “conk” he’s probably had since doo-wop night at the Shrine Auditorium.|
1. (US) one who uses hair oil on artificially straightened hair, thus adj. conk-headed.
|letter in N.Y. Age 29 Dec. 9/4: Nothing nauseates me more than the sight of these ‘conkheads.’ I often wonder how much barrel of grease they must ladle onto their skulls.|
|S.R.O. (1998) 39: He was short, dark, conk-headed.|
2. (US black) a black person.
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 40: A conkhead who don’t know he’s living says [etc.]. [Ibid.] ‘I Didn’t See a Thing’ 141: Two men. Bug-Eye and a conkhead.‘Decoy’ in|
(US black) a black hairstyle that has been straightened.
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 29: My man was chemically processing hair – mixing down wave, curl, and conk jobs for all the slick splib hustlers.‘Atomic Dog’ in|