Definition of Honky-tonk

1. Noun. A cheap drinking and dancing establishment.

Exact synonyms: Barrelhouse
Generic synonyms: Bar, Barroom, Ginmill, Saloon, Taproom



Definition of Honky-tonk

1. Noun. (dated) A cheap nightclub ¹

2. Noun. (dated) The type of music typically played in such a club ¹

3. Noun. A style of country music emphasizing traditional country instruments (e.g., guitar, steel guitar and fiddle); a rough, nasal vocal style; and tragic themes such as heartbreak, infidelity and alcoholism. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Honky-tonk

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honkers
honkey
honkeys
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honkin'
honking
honkingly
honkings
honks
honky
honky-tonk (current term)
honky-tonks
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honnor
honnour
honokiol
honor'd
honor guard
honor killing
honor killings
honor roll
honor rolls

Literary usage of Honky-tonk

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1. Rockport: The Making of a Tourist Treasure by Eleanor C. Parsons (1998)
"Then she hung a sign that read "Puritan honky-tonk boats." When townspeople read her not-so-subtle message they cheered in sympathy, and then they cheered ..."

2. Fort Worth, Texas: A Photographic Portrait by Peter A. Calvin, Photographer (2007)
"The action is always hot at Billy Bob's, but it's even wilder on Friday and Saturday nights in the honky-tonk's own rodeo arena. ..."

3. Following the Color Line: An Account of Negro Citizenship in the American by Ray Stannard Baker (1908)
"We 've got to have those sixty or eighty votes from Hurley" — Hurley being the notorious Negro proprietor of a dive called the Honky Tonk. ..."

4. Adventure Guide to Tampa Bay and Florida's West Coast by Chelle Koster Walton (2003)
"In recent times, the state has taken over and guided it from honky-tonk into a modern, ecologically correct stature. Its centerpiece has always been ..."

5. Back from Utopia: The Challenge of the Modern Movement by Hubert-Jan Henket, Hilde Heynen (2002)
"'Call it a trio of Schmaltz, googie and honky-tonk,' the American critic Douglas Haskell prophesized in 1958;'call it the new romanticism, the new baroque ..."

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