Pronunciation Noun

monk (plural monks)

  1. A male member of a monastic order who has devoted his life for religious service.
  2. in earlier usage, an eremite or hermit devoted to solitude, as opposed to a cenobite, who lived communally.
  3. (slang) A male who leads an isolated life; a loner, a hermit.
  4. (slang) An unmarried man who does not have sexual relationships.
  5. (slang) A judge.
  6. (printing) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed; distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.
  7. A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.
  8. A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthosternos.
  9. The bullfinch, common bullfinch, European bullfinch, or Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula).
  10. The monkfish.
  11. (historical) A fuse for firing mines.
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monk (monks, present participle monking; past and past participle monked)

  1. To be a monk.
  2. To act like a monk; especially to be contemplative.
  3. To monkey or meddle; to behave in a manner that is not systematic.
  4. To be intoxicated or confused.
  5. To be attached in a way that sticks out.

monk (plural monks)

  1. (colloquial) A monkey.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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