funk

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1funk

noun \ˈfəŋk\

Definition of FUNK

:  a strong offensive smell

Origin of FUNK

probably ultimately from French dialect (Picard) funquer to give off smoke
First Known Use: 1623

2funk

verb

Definition of FUNK

intransitive verb
:  to become frightened and shrink back
transitive verb
1
:  to be afraid of :  dread
2
:  to shrink from undertaking or facing

First Known Use of FUNK

circa 1739

3funk

noun

Definition of FUNK

1
a :  a state of paralyzing fear
b :  a depressed state of mind
2
:  one that funks :  coward
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

4funk

noun

Definition of FUNK

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
:  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

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Funk

biographical name \ˈfŋk, ˈfəŋk\

Definition of FUNK

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

Funk

biographical name \ˈfəŋk\

Definition of FUNK

Isaac Kauffman 1839–1912 Am. editor & publisher

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