honky-tonk definition

  • noun:
    • A cheap, noisy club or dance hallway.
    • an inexpensive club
    • the kind of songs typically played in such a club
    • a mode of country music focusing traditional nation instruments (age.g., electric guitar, steel electric guitar and fiddle); a rough, nasal singing style; and tragic themes such heartbreak, infidelity and alcoholism.
    • an inexpensive consuming and dancing establishment; an affordable and tawdry club.
    • A district for which honky-tonks{1} are found.
    • Alow groggery: a slang name among the list of negroes associated with the southern US.
    • a cheap consuming and dance organization
    • an affordable disreputable club or dance hallway
  • adjective:
    • Of or concerning such a bar or dance hall; tawdry: a honky-tonk area; honky-tonk entertainers.
    • Of, associated with, or being a form of ragtime characteristically played on a tinny-sounding piano or perhaps in a honky-tonk.
    • with respect to or resembling a honky-tonk.
    • regarding a method of ragtime piano songs having a melody adorned with chords and syncopated rhythms, followed closely by a bass in rigid two-four or four-four time. It's played on an upright piano featuring its strings muffled to create a tinny sound.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to consult with cheap, loud pubs or dance halls.

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