Going punk means being played a joke, often in a public setting. An example of punk is being tricked by a hidden camera TV show.
noun delinquent, rebel, wrongdoer, miscreant, juvenile delinquent, scoundrel He gets a reputation as a young punk.
(slang, intransitive) Give up or cowardly give up something difficult. When push came to shove, he erupted. (transitive, almost always used in the passive) Treat as a punk (either as a worthless person or as a bottom in a man-man relationship, especially a non-consenting prison relationship).
1 : a usually petty thug, thug, or thug.
1. a young bully; Gangsters. 2. something or someone worthless or unimportant.
In prison jargon, “punks” are those inmates who are forced into a sexually submissive role. Straight or gay, their lives are lived in the bondage of more aggressive inmates.
“Punking” means tricking someone in a way that makes them appear stupid. “Playing with someone” in this context means a softer type of trick. “Pranking” is not followed by “with”. Although it can be used as a verb, it is generally used as a noun.
Punk has subsequently been used as a derogatory slur of various kinds, from US prison slang for men used for sex, to a term for the young male companions of tramps, and then as a general description of derogatory ones or worthless people, petty criminals, cowards, weaklings, amateurs, apprentices and inexperienced…
“worthless person” (especially a young crook or petty criminal), 1917, probably from the punk child “criminal apprentice”, US underworld slang, attested from 1904 (with overtones of “catamite”).
The original punk movement was largely fueled by heroin, methamphetamine and alcohol. Methamphetamine and alcohol continue to be widely used in the subculture, although heroin use has declined since the early 1980s. The punk subculture also has an association with inhalant abuse.
Punk aesthetic defines the type of art punks, which typically have underground, minimalist, iconoclastic and satirical sensibilities. Punk has produced a significant amount of poetry and prose, and has its own underground press in the form of zines. Many punk themed movies and videos have been made.