WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
funk1 /fʌŋk/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
funk2 /fʌŋk/USA pronunciation
- a dejected mood;
depression:been in a funk all day.
- Music and Dancemusic having a funky quality.
- the state or quality of being funky.
- a strong smell;
- cowering fear;
state of great fright or terror.
- a dejected mood:He's been in a funk ever since she walked out on him.
- to be afraid of.
- to frighten.
- to shrink from;
try to shirk.
- to shrink or quail in fear.
- early Dutch dialect, dialectal fonck
- perh. 1735–45
- Music, Music and Dancemusic having a funky quality.
- Musicthe state or quality of being funky.
- Musica strong smell;
(fŏŏngk, fungk),USA pronunciation n.
(kaz′ə mēr′),USA pronunciation 1884–1967, U.S. biochemist, born in Poland: discovered thiamine, the first vitamin isolated.
- 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
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funk /fʌŋk/ informal chiefly Brit n
- Also called: blue funk a state of nervousness, fear, or depression (esp in the phrase in a funk)
- a coward
Etymology: 18th Century: university slang, perhaps related to funk²
- to flinch from (responsibility) through fear
- (tr; usually passive) to make afraid
funk /fʌŋk/ n
Etymology: 20th Century: back formation from funky1
- informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation
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