Definition of Funk

1. Noun. A state of nervous depression. "He was in a funk"

Exact synonyms: Blue Funk
Generic synonyms: Depression

2. Verb. Draw back, as with fear or pain. "She flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
Exact synonyms: Cringe, Flinch, Quail, Recoil, Shrink, Squinch, Wince
Generic synonyms: Move
Specialized synonyms: Retract, Shrink Back
Derivative terms: Flinch, Wince, Wince

3. Noun. United States biochemist (born in Poland) who showed that several diseases were caused by dietary deficiencies and who coined the term 'vitamin' for the chemicals involved (1884-1967).
Exact synonyms: Casimir Funk
Generic synonyms: Biochemist

4. Noun. An earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar.
Generic synonyms: Jazz
Derivative terms: Funky

Definition of Funk

1. n. An offensive smell; a stench.

2. v. t. To envelop with an offensive smell or smoke.

3. v. i. To emit an offensive smell; to stink.

4. n. A shrinking back through fear.

5. n. One who funks; a shirk; a coward.

6. v. t. To funk at; to flinch at; to shrink from (a thing or person); as, to funk a task.

Definition of Funk

1. Noun. (obsolete) spark ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) touchwood, punk, tinder ¹

3. Noun. mental depression ¹

4. Noun. A state of fear or panic, especially cowardly ¹

5. Verb. To shrink from, or avoid something because of fear ¹

6. Noun. Foul or unpleasant smell, especially body odour. Examples of 18th Century usage cited in Universal English Dictionary, 1896. ¹

7. Noun. A genre of popular music associated with the 1970s and typified by prominent bass guitar and horn section. ¹

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Definition of Funk

1. to shrink back in fear [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Funk

1. An offensive smell; a stench. Origin: OE. Funke a little fire; akin to Prov. E. Funk touchwood, G. Funke spark, and perh. To Goth. Fn fire. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Funk

funiculus amnii
funiculus anterior
funiculus dorsalis
funiculus gracilis
funiculus lateralis
funiculus posterior
funiculus separans
funiculus solitarius
funiculus teres
funiculus umbilicalis
funk (current term)
funk hole

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