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.