from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The head.
  • n. A blow, especially on the head.
  • n. Chiefly British The human nose.
  • transitive v. To hit, especially on the head.
  • intransitive v. To stop functioning; fail: The engine conked out on the final lap.
  • intransitive v. To fall asleep, especially suddenly or heavily: conked out on the couch watching television.
  • intransitive v. To pass out; faint.
  • intransitive v. To die.
  • n. A hard, shelflike, spore-bearing structure of certain wood-decaying fungi, found on stumps, logs, or trees.
  • n. A hairstyle in which the hair is straightened, usually by chemical means. Also called process1.
  • transitive v. To straighten (tightly curled hair) usually by chemical means.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shelf- or bracket-shaped fruiting body of a Bracket fungus (A.K.A. Shelf fungus), i.e., a mushroom growing off a tree trunk.
  • n. A nose, especially a large one.
  • n. Alternative spelling of conch.
  • v. To hit, especially on the head.
  • v. To chemically straighten tightly curled hair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the head.
  • n. a blow to the head.
  • transitive v. to hit on the head.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A confidential chat.
  • n. The head.
  • n. The nose.
  • n. In botany, a tough, leathery, or woody fungus, especially Trametes pini, whose fruiting bodies are bracket-like in form and occur upon the trunks of trees, producing a decay of the timber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
  • v. come to a stop
  • n. informal term for the nose
  • v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  • v. hit, especially on the head


N. sense 1b, and v., probably of imitative origin.
Perhaps alteration of conch.
Perhaps alteration of congolene, substance for straightening hair.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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