blue funk, in a


In a state of panic or terror. For example, Just because the bride's mother is late, you needn't get in a blue funk. This term originated in the mid-1700s as in a funk, the adjective blue, meaning “affected with fear or anxiety,” being added a century later.


In a state of dejection, sad. For example, Anne has been in a blue funk since her dog died. This usage employs blue in the sense of “sad”—a meaning that first emerged in the late 1300s. Also see have the blues.

Nearby words

  1. blue flag,
  2. blue flash,
  3. blue flu,
  4. blue fox,
  5. blue funk,
  6. blue gas,
  7. blue giant,
  8. blue goose,
  9. blue grama,
  10. blue grosbeak

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