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funked

[fuhngkt]
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adjective Southern U.S. (chiefly Kentucky ). (of tobacco)
  1. rotten; moldy.

Origin of funked

1890–95; funk punk (noun) (Middle English fonk; cognate with Dutch vonk, German Funke) + -ed3

funk1

[fuhngk]
noun
  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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to be afraid of.
  2. to frighten.
  3. to shrink from; try to shirk.
verb (used without object)
  1. to shrink or quail in fear.

Origin of funk1

1735–45; perhaps < early Dutch dialect fonck
Related formsfunk·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for funked

Historical Examples

  • At the eviction a man had funked, frightened out of his seven senses.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Some of my green men had funked just at the crucial moment, and I had all but shot one.

    Four Days

    Hetty Hemenway

  • "No, I had a chance and I—funked it," said Harry, slow in speech and slow in smile.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • You oughtn't to have funked telling your mother what you meant to do.

    Fraternity

    John Galsworthy

  • But Sturton knew, the delicate Bagshaw also, that Rawlings had funked.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton


British Dictionary definitions for funked

funk1

noun
  1. Also called: blue funk a state of nervousness, fear, or depression (esp in the phrase in a funk)
  2. a coward
verb
  1. to flinch from (responsibility) through fear
  2. (tr; usually passive) to make afraid
Derived Formsfunker, noun

Word Origin

C18: university slang, perhaps related to funk ²

funk2

noun
  1. US slang a strong foul odour

Word Origin

C17 (in the sense: tobacco smoke): from funk (vb) to smoke (tobacco), probably of French dialect origin; compare Old French funkier to smoke, from Latin fūmigāre

funk3

noun
  1. informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation

Word Origin

C20: back formation from funky 1

Funk

noun
  1. Casimir (ˈkæzɪˌmɪə). 1884–1967, US biochemist, born in Poland: studied and named vitamins
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Word Origin and History for funked

funk

n.1

"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

n.2

"bad smell," 1620s, from dialectal French funkière "smoke," from Old French fungier "give off smoke; fill with smoke," from Latin fumigare "to smoke" (see fume (n.)). In reference to a style of music, it is first attested 1959, a back-formation from funky.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

funked in Medicine

Funk

(fŭngk, fōōngk)
  1. Polish-born American biochemist whose research of deficiency diseases led to the discovery of vitamins, which he named in 1912.
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funked in Science

Funk

[fŭngk, fōōngk]
  1. 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.
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