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funky

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[ fuhng-kee ]
/ ˈfʌŋ ki /
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adjective, funk·i·er, funk·i·est.

overcome with great fear; terrified.

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Origin of funky

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First recorded in 1830–40; funk1 + -y1

Definition for funky (2 of 2)

funky2
[ 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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM funky

funk·i·ly, adverbfunk·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for funky (1 of 2)

funky1
/ (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 funky (2 of 2)

funky2
/ (ˈfʌŋkɪ) /

adjective funkier or funkiest

slang, mainly US evil-smelling; foul

Word Origin for funky

C18: from funk ²
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