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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 © 2017
funk1  (fungk),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. cowering fear;
    state of great fright or terror.
  2. a dejected mood:He's been in a funk ever since she walked out on him.

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

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

funk2  (fungk),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Music, Music and Dancemusic having a funky quality.
  2. Musicthe state or quality of being funky.
  3. Musica strong smell;
  • 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),USA pronunciation n.  Cas•i•mir  (kazə mēr′),USA pronunciation 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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