funk

1
[fuhngk]

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.

Nearby words

  1. funiculitis,
  2. funiculopexy,
  3. funiculus,
  4. funiform,
  5. funis,
  6. funk hole,
  7. funk, casimir,
  8. funked,
  9. funkia,
  10. funkster

Origin of funk

1
1735–45; perhaps < early Dutch dialect fonck

Related formsfunk·er, noun

funk

2
[fuhngk]

noun

music having a funky quality.
the state or quality of being funky.
a strong smell; stench.

Origin of funk

2
1615–25; perhaps < North French dialect funquier, funquer give off smoke, Old North French fungier < Vulgar Latin fūmicāre, alteration of Latin fūmigāre; see fumigate

Funk

[foo ngk, fuhngk]

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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British Dictionary definitions for funk

funk

1

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 Formsfunker, 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

Funk

noun

Casimir (ˈkæzɪˌmɪə). 1884–1967, US biochemist, born in Poland: studied and named vitamins
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Word Origin and History for funk
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Medicine definitions for funk

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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Science definitions for funk

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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