noun cowering fear; state of great fright or terror. a dejected mood: He's been in a funk ever since she walked out on him. verb (used with object) to be afraid of. to frighten. to shrink from; try to shirk. verb (used without object) to shrink or quail in fear. Origin of funk 1 1735–45; perhaps < early Dutch dialect fonck Related forms funk·er, noun noun music having a funky quality. the state or quality of being funky. a strong smell; stench. Origin of funk 2 1615–25;
North French dialect funquier, funquer
give off smoke,
Old North French fungier
Vulgar Latin fūmicāre,
fumigate noun Cas·i·mir , [ kaz- uh-meer] /ˈkæz əˌmɪər/ 1884–1967, U.S. biochemist, born in Poland: discovered thiamine, the first vitamin isolated.
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Examples from the Web for funk Contemporary Examples of funk
funk legend treats unsuspecting concertgoers to an impromptu show.
But even after the
funk of the Bush years dispersed, we were left with a deeper truth.
This sends Pete into a
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The Nevilles' music, inspired by the ancestral rhythms of their city, is mostly pop,
funk, and soul.
Before the release of the fratastic film, America was in a
funk. Historical Examples of funk
I suppose you have been asking yourself of late, what if you were to turn out to be a
The word “
funk” flashed through his mind, and left him wondering.
Bamtz in his
funk was only too glad to see the Frenchman humoured.
These beggars by the boat had every reason to go distracted with
It must be said, in justice to Schomberg, that he concealed his
funk very creditably. British Dictionary definitions for funk noun Also called: blue funk a state of nervousness, fear, or depression (esp in the phrase in a funk) a coward verb to flinch from (responsibility) through fear (tr; usually passive) to make afraid Derived Forms funker, noun Word Origin for funk
C18: university slang, perhaps related to
funk ² noun US slang a strong foul odour Word Origin for funk
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 noun informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation Word Origin for funk
C20: back formation from
funky 1 noun Casimir (ˈkæzɪˌmɪə). 1884–1967, US biochemist, born in Poland: studied and named vitamins
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Word Origin and History for 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." 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.
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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.
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Funk [fŭngk, fōōngk] Casimir 1884-1967 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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