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funk

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noun \ˈfəŋk\

Definition of funk

  1. :  a strong offensive smell



Origin of funk

probably ultimately from French dialect (Picard) funquer to give off smoke


First Known Use: 1623


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funk

verb

Definition of funk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become frightened and shrink back

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to be afraid of :  dread

  5. 2 :  to shrink from undertaking or facing



Circa 1739

First Known Use of funk

circa 1739


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funk

noun

Definition of funk

  1. 1 a :  a state of paralyzing fear b :  a depressed state of mind

  2. 2 :  one that funks :  coward

  3. 3 :  slump 1 <an economic funk> <the team went into a funk>



Origin of funk

perhaps from obsolete Dutch dialect (Flanders) fonck


First Known Use: 1743


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funk

noun

Definition of funk

  1. 1 :  music that combines elements of rhythm and blues and soul music and that is characterized by a percussive vocal style, static harmonies, and a strong bass line with heavy downbeats

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being funky <jeans … have lost much of their funk — Tom Wolfe>



Origin of funk

back-formation from 2funky


First Known Use: 1959


Funk

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biographical name \ˈfu̇ŋk, ˈfəŋk\

Definition of Funk

  1. Casimir 1884–1967 Am. (Pol.-born) biochem.




Funk

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biographical name \ˈfəŋk\

Definition of Funk

  1. Isaac Kauffman 1839–1912 Am. editor & publisher




FUNK Defined for Kids

funk

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noun \ˈfəŋk\

Definition of funk for Students

  1. :  a sad or worried state <Bad luck left him in a funk.>





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