- overcome with great fear; terrified.
Origin of funky1
- Jazz. having an earthy, blues-based quality or character.
- having an offensive smell; evil-smelling; foul.
Origin of funky2
Examples from the Web for funky
Contemporary Examples of funky
But damn, the music is catchy—a neo-soul aural assault of horns, electro swirls, yelps, funky basslines, and harmonized vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
But the occasion is even more special when you can cheers with some funky flutes.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life
November 29, 2014
There is now a funky waterside café set up between the pillars for an alternative fashion getaway.Paris’s Secret Fashion Week Haunts
July 8, 2014
Marky Mark (you know, from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch), was the recipient of the Generation Award.The Best Moments of the MTV Movie Awards
April 14, 2014
A black dude in the grandstand behind Seiler began a funky dance in the aisle, wildly thrashing about in a cream-colored suit.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons
March 29, 2014
Historical Examples of funky
Each knew the other wasn't going to be the first to admit that he was funky.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls
I think Captain Smalley is funky himself about fighting, that's what I think!His Big Opportunity
Amy Le Feuvre
He had come up by express purely to relieve my anxiety, knowing how ‘funky’ young gentlemen sometimes were over such trifles.The Seven Curses of London
This “funky” seat on horseback looks bad, is particularly unsafe, and is hard to correct when once acquired.The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
I see many a country fellow in my time as funky as can be, and sweating, cause why?Saunterings in and about London
- (of music) passionate, soulful; of or pertaining to funk
- authentic; earthy
- stylish and exciting; coolfunky jeans
Word Origin for funky
- slang, mainly US evil-smelling; foul
Word Origin for funky
Word Origin and History for funky
1784, "old, musty," in reference to cheeses, then "repulsive," from funk (n.2) + -y (2). It began to develop an approving sense in jazz slang c.1900, probably on the notion of "earthy, strong, deeply felt." Funky also was used early 20c. by white writers in reference to body odor allegedly peculiar to blacks. The word reached wider popularity c.1954 (e.g. definition in "Time" magazine, Nov. 8, 1954) and in the 1960s acquired a broad slang sense of "fine, stylish, excellent."