Definition of honky-tonk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɒŋki tɒŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːŋki tɑːŋk//
    , NAmE//ˈhɔːŋki tɔːŋk//
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  1. 1[countable] (North American English) a cheap, noisy bar or dance hall
  2. 2 [uncountable] a type of lively jazz played on a piano a honky-tonk piano/singer Culture Honky-tonk is a type of African American ragtime music played on a piano whose wires have been changed to give it a high sound. Honky-tonk music was first played at the beginning of the 20th century in the bars and dance halls of New Orleans.
  3. Word Originlate 19th cent.: of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: honky-tonk