\ ˈfəŋ-kē How to pronounce funky (audio) \
funkier; funkiest

Definition of funky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 US : having an offensive odor : foul a funky smell
2 music : having the style and feeling of older African American music (such as blues or gospel) or of funk especially : characterized by rhythmic elements similar to those of funk a funky beat
3 informal
a : odd or quaint in appearance or feeling a funky little restaurant
b : unconventionally stylish : hip funky clothes … lighting gives the … shops and streets a funky prettiness …— Pauline Kael

Definition of funky (Entry 2 of 2)

: being in a funk : panicky

Other Words from funky

Adjective (1)

funkily adverb
funkiness noun

First Known Use of funky

Adjective (1)

circa 1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for funky

Adjective (1)

funk offensive odor

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“Funky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/funky. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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