What Does ZONKED Mean?

ZONKED means "Tired or Intoxicated." The word ZONKED (which is commonly seen in the expression ZONKED OUT) is a slang term meaning tired or asleep or stupefied by alcohol or drugs (i.e., high).

While the origin of ZONKED is not clear, it is possible it derives from conked out (meaning broken down). The Z may be from the use of ZZZ to denote sleeping.

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When I write ZONKED, I mean this: meaning of ZONKED ZONKED OUT means spaced out or tired.

Summary of Key Points

"Tired" or "Intoxicated" is the most common definition for ZONKED on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Tired or Intoxicated
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


Examples of ZONKED in Sentences

Here are examples of ZONKED being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I was totally ZONKED out after the run.
  • Jordan: Yeah, you looked shattered.
  • Tony: Where's Janice?
  • Jordan: She is ZONKED on the sofa.
  • Tony: I'll let her get a few hours' sleep before tonight.
  • Tony: That cider totally ZONKED me out.
  • Jordan: It was 9%.

An Academic Look at ZONKED

The term ZONKED is typically used like an adjective, but it can also be used as a verb (i.e., in the simple past form and as a past particle for other tenses). In fact, ZONKED behaves as though it comes from the verb to zonk and therefore also exists in other forms (e.g., She was ZONKING on the bench. She ZONKS in the morning.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I'm high" or "I'm shattered" instead of ZONKED.

Example of ZONKED Used in a Text


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