WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
funk1 /fʌŋk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a dejected mood;
    depression:been in a funk all day.

funk2 /fʌŋk/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Music and Dancemusic having a funky quality.
  2. the state or quality of being funky.
  3. a strong smell;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
funk1  (fungk), 
  • cowering fear;
    state of great fright or terror.
  • a dejected mood:He's been in a funk ever since she walked out on him.

  • v.t. 
    1. to be afraid of.
    2. to frighten.
    3. to shrink from;
      try to shirk.

    1. to shrink or quail in fear.
    • early Dutch dialect, dialectal fonck
    • perh. 1735–45
    funker, n. 

    funk2  (fungk), 
  • Music, Music and Dancemusic having a funky quality.
  • Musicthe state or quality of being funky.
  • Musica strong smell;
  • Etymology:
    • Vulgar Latin fūmicāre, alteration of Latin fūmigāre; see fumigate
    • North French dialect, dialectal funquier, funquer give off smoke, Old North French fungier
    • perh. 1615–25

    Funk  (fŏŏngk, fungk), 
    n.  Cas•i•mir  (kazə mēr′), 
    1884–1967, U.S. biochemist, born in Poland: discovered thiamine, the first vitamin isolated.

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    funk /fʌŋk/ informal chiefly Brit n
    1. Also called: blue funk a state of nervousness, fear, or depression (esp in the phrase in a funk)
    2. a coward
    1. to flinch from (responsibility) through fear
    2. (tr; usually passive) to make afraid
    Etymology: 18th Century: university slang, perhaps related to funk²
    funk /fʌŋk/ n
    1. informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation
    Etymology: 20th Century: back formation from funky1

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