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honky-tonk

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EtymologyEdit

From honk-a-tonk (a cheap nightclub), possibly imitative

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɒŋkiˌtɒŋk/, /ˈhɑŋkiˌtɑŋk/
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NounEdit

honky-tonk (plural honky-tonks)

  1. A bar or nightclub that caters to Southern patrons and provides country music for entertainment.
  2. (dated) Any cheap nightclub.
    Gimme, gimme, gimme a honky-tonk girl. The Rolling Stones, "Honky-tonk Woman".
  3. (dated) The type of music typically played in such a club
  4. 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.

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