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honk•y-tonk



Pronunciation: (hong'kē-tongk", hông'kē-tôngk"), [key]
n.
a cheap, noisy, and garish nightclub or dance hall.

adj.
1. Also,honk•y-tonk•yPronunciation: (hong'kē-tong"kē, hông'kē-tông"-). [key]
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a honky-tonk: a honky-tonk atmosphere.
3. characterized by or having a large number of honky-tonks: the honky-tonk part of town.
4. Music.noting a style of ragtime piano-playing characterized by a strict two-four or four-four bass, either contrapuntal or chordal, and a melody embellished with chords and syncopated rhythms, typically performed on a piano whose strings have been muffled and given a tinny sound.

v.i.
to visit or frequent honky-tonks.

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