1. (orig. US) rubbish, nonsense, usu. of speech, occas. of inferior objects; also constr. with the; bunky adj., nonsensical.
|Mr Dooley’s Chicago (1977) 50: That is th’ real Irish village [...] I think th’ other one from Donegal is a sort of bunk, I do, an’ I niver liked Donegal.in Schaaf|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 194: You kin buy Chinese souvenirs real cheap here [...] while all other places is bunks.|
|Maison De Shine 133: He can’t do no imitations like me, an’ his act’s the bunk. [Ibid.] 225: Their act was a bunk.|
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 284: ‘That’s the bunk!’ said Curly earnestly.‘The Pitch-Out’ in|
|Chicago Trib. 25 May 10/1: History is more or less bunk.|
|Pound/Williams Correspondence (1996) 37: Not that I care a curse for ANY nation as such or that, so far as I know, I have ever suggested that I was trying to write U.S. poetry (any more than you are writing Alexandrine Greek bunk).in Witemeyer|
|Nigger Heaven 63: We’re more or less like the others when it comes to handing the bunk to the ofays.|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 321: He said that the Twin Cities was the bunk.|
|Flirt & Flapper 11: Flapper: But you thought about kisses [...] we know they’re the bunk.|
|‘Freddie the Freshman’ [lyrics] Alpha! Delta! Skelta! Latin is the bunk!|
|‘Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz!’ [lyrics] Sure, business is bunk, / And Wall Street is sunk.|
|Phenomena in Crime 218: A lot of bunk has been written about con-men.|
|Lady in the Lake (1952) 21: I know what that wire says, but it’s the bunk.|
|Corner Boy 197: You think it’s [i.e. prison] glamorous like the movies? Don’t believe that bunk, it’s hell.|
|Reinhart in Love (1963) 35: The truth [...] is that things are exactly as they appear, and symbols are the bunk.|
|Mute Witness (1997) 34: That’s a lot of bunk and you know it, he added to himself.|
|Picture Palace 219: ‘I wasn’t going to do you.’ This was a different voice. ‘Bunk.’.|
|About Face (1991) 214: George Catlett Marshall had tasked himself with ridding Benning of the ‘bunk, complications and ponderosities.’.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 154: This background check shit is the bunk.|
|Love Bites and Other Stories 104: You’ll hear people saying that fortune-telling is bunk.|
|Mad mag. July 37: That whole thing about stuff staying in Vegas is bunk.|
2. a fraudulent scheme, a confidence trick.
|Barkeep Stories 79: ‘If I don't stand fer as purty a bit o’ de bunk as ever was framed up I hope de coppers ’ll close de joint’.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 37: The American public love to be humbugged, [...] They like the bunk, an’ they always will take to it like a kid to a candy stand.|
|Confessions of a Con Man 117: He looked over the shell games, the cloth and the roll-out, and pronounced them a bunk.|
|Sun (NY) 27 July 40/1: ‘It’s tough for the boys, but the pay-ff is good nearly any time.’ ‘The pay-off [...] I don’t get you, Jimmy. A new kind of bunk?’.|
3. a foolish or otherwise unsatisfactory person.
|Mop Fair 31: A suspicious woman who has lost her temper is the prize bunk of the universe.|
|Taking the Count 339: He oughta known that fellow Isaacs was the bunk.‘For the Pictures’ in|
|S.F. University High School Update Mar.–Apr. 2: bunk – a [...] person that another finds objectionable.‘Sweet, Tight and Hella Stupid’ in|
4. (US tramp) good manners.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 441: Bunk, Politeness.|
5. as counterfeit drink or drugs.
(a) (US Und.) synthetic liquor.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(b) (drugs) fake cocaine or heroin.
|Central Sl. 13: bunk Ersatz dope [...] ‘It ain’t the caine, man, it bunk! Mother fucking bunk!’.|
|Mr Blue 252: I told him if it [i.e. heroin] was bunk why in Mary’s name did he shoot it all.|
(c) (US drugs) fake phencyclidine.
|Pain Killers 172: Them fools in there was soaking lint in dry-cleaning fluid and callin’ it PCP [...] lemme tell you, mang, sherm was fuckin’ pasteurized milk compared to this bunk.|
(US) a talker of nonsense; a hyperbolist.
|McClure’s Mag. 32 98/1: Better bust away from that Domino bunk artist, an’ square yourself to home.|
|Tacoma Times (WA) 14 Sept. 1/3: He is a blatant, arrogant, puffed-up bunk artist.|
|Fakers 42: If there is any kind of a bunk artist, faker, charlatan, demagogue, or other professional friend of the people I haven’t run across in my time it is some new sort just invented.|
|Amer. Mag. 108 129/1: He wanted to know whether the ‘bunk artist’ ever can be a really good salesman.|
|Jesus Complex 95: Preacher [...] was such a good bunk artist that father believed in his sincerity.|
|Time 37 14: Don’t let any bunk artist come along and tell you Wendell Willkie or Wendell Willkie’s views are any different.|
|Roguish World of Dr Brinkley 208: [He] had called the Del Rio medico ‘the world's greatest bunk artist’.|
a fool, an incompetent.
|Day Book (Chicago) 22 Mar. 19/2: Have they got an intelligent operator at the other end of the wire or a bunkhead?|
see under sheet n.
(US) a preacher.
|Chicago Poems (1994) 28: You slimy bunkshooter, you put a smut on every human blossom in reach of your rotten breath belching about hell-fire.‘To a Contemporary Bunkshooter’|
|They Call Me Carpenter 113: Gimme a chance at those bunk-shooters – I’ll shut ’em up.|
(Aus.) to fail, to collapse.
|Benno and Some of the Push 116: ‘O’Brien ’ll out ‘im this round [...Scorcher’ll go t’bunk, you take it frim the prefessor.’.‘At a Boxing Bout’ in|
to talk nonsense.
|New York Day by Day 25 July [synd. col.] A shirt shop with a sign: ‘We receive patrons only by appointment.’ That’s putting the sixteen pound bunk.|