[ fuhng-kee ]
/ ˈfʌŋ ki /

adjective, funk·i·er, funk·i·est.

Jazz. having an earthy, blues-based quality or character.
having an offensive smell; evil-smelling; foul.

Origin of funky

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; funk2 + -y1


funk·i·ly, adverbfunk·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for funkiness

  • This waste of time and effort was largely due to funkiness on my part, and there was no necessity for it.

    Down the Columbia|Lewis R. Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for funkiness (1 of 2)

/ (ˈfʌŋkɪ) /

adjective funkier or funkiest informal

(of music) passionate, soulful; of or pertaining to funk
authentic; earthy
stylish and exciting; coolfunky jeans

Word Origin for funky

C20: from funk ², perhaps alluding to music that was smelly, that is, earthy (like the early blues)

British Dictionary definitions for funkiness (2 of 2)

/ (ˈfʌŋkɪ) /

adjective funkier or funkiest

slang, mainly US evil-smelling; foul

Word Origin for funky

C18: from funk ²
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