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funk

noun \ ˈfəŋk \

Definition of funk

:a strong offensive smell

Origin and Etymology of funk

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


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funk

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


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funk

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 and Etymology of funk

perhaps from obsolete Dutch dialect (Flanders) fonck


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funk

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 and Etymology of funk

back-formation from 2funky


Funk

biographical name \ ˈfu̇ŋk , ˈfəŋk \

Definition of Funk

Casimir 1884–1967 American (Polish-born) biochemist

Funk

biographical name \ ˈfəŋk \

Definition of Funk

Isaac Kauffman 1839–1912 American editor and publisher

FUNK Defined for Kids

funk

noun \ ˈfəŋk \

Definition of funk for Students

:a sad or worried state
  • Bad luck left him in a funk.


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