- 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.
Origin of funk1
Origin of funk2
- Cas·i·mir [kaz-uh-meer] /ˈkæz əˌmɪər/, 1884–1967, U.S. biochemist, born in Poland: discovered thiamine, the first vitamin isolated.
Examples from the Web for funk
The funk legend treats unsuspecting concertgoers to an impromptu show.Prince Crashes Jazz Show, Produces Greatness
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 4, 2014
But even after the funk of the Bush years dispersed, we were left with a deeper truth.The Strange World of Political Assassination Fantasies
September 24, 2014
This sends Pete into a funk, and he bails on a date to see Oh!Mad Men’s ‘The Strategy,’ With Peggy and Don’s Late-Night Powwow, is S7’s Best Episode (So Far)
May 19, 2014
The Nevilles' music, inspired by the ancestral rhythms of their city, is mostly pop, funk, and soul.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Before the release of the fratastic film, America was in a funk.How Harold Ramis Invented Baby Boom Comedy With ‘Animal House’
P. J. O’Rourke
February 27, 2014
I suppose you have been asking yourself of late, what if you were to turn out to be a funk!'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
The word “funk” flashed through his mind, and left him wondering.The Law-Breakers
Bamtz in his funk was only too glad to see the Frenchman humoured.Within the Tides
These beggars by the boat had every reason to go distracted with funk.Lord Jim
It must be said, in justice to Schomberg, that he concealed his funk very creditably.Victory
- Also called: blue funk a state of nervousness, fear, or depression (esp in the phrase in a funk)
- a coward
- to flinch from (responsibility) through fear
- (tr; usually passive) to make afraid
- US slang a strong foul odour
- informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation
- Casimir (ˈkæzɪˌmɪə). 1884–1967, US biochemist, born in Poland: studied and named vitamins
Word Origin and History for funk
"depression, ill-humor," 1743, probably originally Scottish and northern English; earlier as a verb, "panic, fail through panic," (1737), said to be 17c. Oxford University slang, perhaps from Flemish fonck "perturbation, agitation, distress," possibly related to Old French funicle "wild, mad."
Funk(fŭngk, fōōngk)Casimir 1884-1967
- Polish-born American biochemist whose research of deficiency diseases led to the discovery of vitamins, which he named in 1912.
- Polish-born American biochemist who is credited with the discovery of vitamins. In 1912 he postulated the existence of four organic bases he called vitamines which were necessary for normal health and the prevention of deficiency diseases. He also contributed to the knowledge of the hormones of the pituitary gland and the sex glands.