Adjective "bunk" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A narrow shelf-like bed, typically one of two or more arranged one on top of the other.
  1. 'Others are the height of luxury - sheds with windows, built in bunks and primus stoves, radios and easy chairs.'
  2. 'He built himself a rough bach and fitted it out with four bunks, making it an ‘open house’ for men in need, old or young, drunk or sober.'
  3. 'He began his sentence in the Bendigo police station cells, where up to 18 prisoners were locked in an area with bunks for five or six people.'
  4. 'It was a little more than twice the size of my room in the apartment, and fit four beds - two bunks - easily.'
  5. 'Although I had only booked for two, the cabin had four bunks.'
  6. 'Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.'
  7. 'Few pirates were in there, snoozing deeply in their bunks or hammocks.'
  8. 'They can decide together what would be a fair way of assigning responsibilities for keeping the cabin clean, or even how the bunks are arranged.'
  9. 'The beds were bunks three tiers high and without mattresses.'
  10. 'She later returned to Umm Qasr to provide a base for Royal Marines camped out in the desert - her showers, comfortable bunks and good food proved a welcome respite for the troops.'


Sleep in a bunk or improvised bed, typically in shared quarters.
  1. 'As soon as we landed, we dropped our stuff off at the Guard base where we bunked and then picked up rental cars and hit the dance clubs.'
  2. 'Spend nights exaggerating your catch over Scotch and bunking in vintage 1920s Pullman cars.'
  3. 'One night a week, sometimes two, I bunked at Winthrop's hovel finding that a minor improvement to a second career in local train-travel.'
  4. 'You'll carry your own gear as you pedal a hybrid bicycle through the mango orchards, cashew groves, and savannas of the Saloum River valley, bunking in small hotels and local villagers' homes along the way.'
  5. 'Guests bunked at the swank Las Brisas and partied across the Pacific resort.'
  6. 'We were passing a line of small log huts on a hillside, reproductions of the miserable quarters that Washington's army had bunked in, and Mwai pointed at them.'
  7. '‘Sure,’ I said, ‘I probably should know what you do if we're going to be bunking together.’'
  8. 'You know, you never mentioned that I'm bunking with one of the girls.'
  9. 'If you would have told me a year ago when you and I bunked together at your parent's house that we would have been friends now, I wouldn't believe you for a minute.'
  10. 'They bunked at Meadowood resort for a week, then headed for Pebble Beach for golfing.'


Abscond or play truant from school or work.
  1. 'He was always trying to encourage me to bunk off and go hang out in the caff at the park, but I being the goody-goody that I was always refused convinced I'd get caught.'
  2. 'I couldn't bunk off from classes because if I had been in school I would be spotted by everyone.'
  3. 'Working in pairs, education welfare and police officers drive around their designated patches looking for youngsters bunking off in popular haunts.'
  4. 'It is just really to keep a high profile in case pupils who do not want to go to school think it's all gone quiet so they can bunk off again.'
  5. 'Troublesome teens aged 14 to 18 land up in the prison's classrooms - many with a pretty negative attitude to education having bunked off for most of their school career.'
  6. 'I bunked off from marriage like I bunked off from school.'
  7. 'Teachers in a city with the second worst truancy record in the UK have accepted that the only way they can ensure pupils do not bunk off to watch matches is to show the games in school.'
  8. 'The warning came as Essex officials announced that a truancy sweep yesterday netted 26 children bunking off in just two hours.'
  9. 'I couldn't do it, and found myself (like many others) bunking off to have at least a couple of drags.'
  10. 'Chris Tarrant puts crew members on the spot with a number of pertinent questions, including how they managed to bunk off so many lectures without getting thrown out of college.'

More definitions

1. a built-in platform bed, as on a ship.

2. Informal. any bed.

3. a cabin used for sleeping quarters, as in a summer camp; bunkhouse.

4. a trough for feeding cattle. verb (used without object)

5. Informal. to occupy a bunk or any sleeping quarters: Joe and Bill bunked together at camp. verb (used with object)

6. to provide with a place to sleep.

More examples(as adjective)

"beds can be bunk."


(bunk)Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.


do a bunk