What Does ZONKED Mean in a Text?


Terms Used by Drug Dealers and Users

We have over 200 terms in our glossary of drug-related terms. Some of these terms are meant to be amusing, some are meant to be descriptive, and some are meant to be "cool." They all have one thing in common though: they all mask the true nature of the texts they feature in. Here is the one you care about:

Zonked means "tired, asleep, drunk, or high."

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Zonked is a slang word meaning tired, asleep, drunk, or high. It is commonly seen in the expression "zonked out." For example:
  • 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%.
The origin of zonked is not clear, but it is possible it derives from the saying 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 means tired, asleep, drunk, or high.

Summary of Key Points

"Tired, asleep, drunk, or high" is, by far, the most common meaning for ZONKED when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Tired, asleep, drunk, or high
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 1

1: Easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

An Academic Look at ZONKED

Zonked is a slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users. 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. He zonks in the morning.)

Example of ZONKED Used in a Text

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