Sense of sleeping berth possibly from Scottish English bunker (“seat, bench”), origin is uncertain but possibly Scandinavian. Confer Old Swedish bunke (“boards used to protect the cargo of a ship”). See also boarding, flooring and confer bunch.
bunk (plural bunks)
- One of a series of berths or beds placed in tiers.
- (nautical) A built-in bed on board ship, often erected in tiers one above the other.
- (military) A cot.
- (US) A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night.
- (US, dialect) A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
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bunk (not comparable)
- See also Thesaurus:nonsense
19th century, of uncertain origin; perhaps from previous "to occupy a bunk" meaning, with connotations of a hurried departure, as if on a ship.
- (Britain) To fail to attend school or work without permission; to play truant (usually as in 'to bunk off').
- (dated) To expel from a school.
- 1945, Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited:
- She was bunked from the convent last term. I don't quite know what for.
- “bunk” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
- bunk in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.