funk

1
[fuhngk]
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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 funk

1
1735–45; perhaps < early Dutch dialect fonck
Related formsfunk·er, noun

funk

2
[fuhngk]
noun
  1. music having a funky quality.
  2. the state or quality of being funky.
  3. 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
  1. 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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Related Words for funk

gloom, fright, alarm, despondency, misery, panic, trembling

Examples from the Web for funk

Contemporary Examples of funk

Historical Examples of funk

  • 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

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Bamtz in his funk was only too glad to see the Frenchman humoured.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • These beggars by the boat had every reason to go distracted with funk.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • It must be said, in justice to Schomberg, that he concealed his funk very creditably.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for funk

funk

1
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 for funk

C18: university slang, perhaps related to funk ²

funk

2
noun
  1. 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

funk

3
noun
  1. informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation

Word Origin for funk

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

funk in Medicine

Funk

[fŭngk, fōōngk]Casimir 1884-1967
  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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funk in Science

Funk

[fŭngk, fōōngk]Casimir 1884-1967
  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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