1. [late 16C–1920s] (also pung, punquetto) a young female prostitute.
2. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a girlfriend.
3. [20C+] (US prison, also jailhouse punk, penitentiary punk, punkie) a young inmate used for sex by older, stronger peers; thus an inmate’s ‘boyfriend’ or ‘wife’; thus punkfucker, the active partner in such a relationship; punk tank, a segration zone for punks in a prison; similarly used by US tramps.
4. [20C+] (US) a tramp’s younger companion; usu. a catamite.
5. [20C+] a general term of disparagement.
6. [1900s] (US) a person, irrespective of character.
7. [20C+] (US, also punkie, punky) a young criminal or street gang member.
8. [1910s+] an adolescent boy.
9. [1930s–40s] a youngster, a child.
10. [1930s+] (US/W.I.) a coward, a weakling.
11. [1940s+] (US) a male homosexual.
12. [1950s] (US) a sexually forward teenage girl.
13. [1960s–70s] (US, also punkie) a male prostitute.
[1900s-1920s] (US) useless, second-rate; also as n. a second-rate individual or object.
1. [17C–18C] showy, flashy.
2. [1960s+] (US) weak, effeminate.
[1970s+] (US) a general term of abuse.
1. of a person, object or situation, useless, second-rate, worthless.
2. young, immature.
see under jacket n.
[early 17C] a pimp.
see separate entry.
[1960s–70s] (drugs) any form of tranquillizer.
[1950s] (US prison) obsessed with young homosexual boys.
[1980s+] (US prison) the protective custody unit for those whose lives would be at risk if they were kept with the prison population as a whole.
[1970s+] (US black/teen) to sit in the middle of the back seat in a car.