adjective . (of tobacco) Southern U.S. (chiefly Kentucky ) Origin of funked 1890–95; funk
punk (noun) (
Middle English fonk;
Dutch vonk, German Funke
-ed 3 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
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Related Words for funked stink
miscarry Examples from the Web for funked Historical Examples of funked
At the eviction a man had
funked, frightened out of his seven senses.
Some of my green men had
funked just at the crucial moment, and I had all but shot one.
"No, I had a chance and I—
funked it," said Harry, slow in speech and slow in smile.
You oughtn't to have
funked telling your mother what you meant to do.
But Sturton knew, the delicate Bagshaw also, that Rawlings had
funked. British Dictionary definitions for funked 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 funked 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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