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Princeton's WordNet

  1. funk, blue funk(noun)

    a state of nervous depression

    "he was in a funk"

  2. Funk, Casimir Funk(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)

  3. funk(verb)

    an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar

  4. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail(verb)

    draw back, as with fear or pain

    "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"


  1. Funk(n.)

    a state of fear.

  2. Funk(n.)

    a mildly depressed state of mind; -- often used in the phrase blue funk.

  3. Funk(n.)

    an earthy, seemingly unsophisticated style of jazz music having elements of black American blues and gospel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Funk(noun)

    an offensive smell; a stench

  2. Funk(verb)

    to envelop with an offensive smell or smoke

  3. Funk(verb)

    to emit an offensive smell; to stink

  4. Funk(verb)

    to be frightened, and shrink back; to flinch; as, to funk at the edge of a precipice

  5. Funk(noun)

    alt. of Funking

  6. Origin: [OE. funke a little fire; akin to Prov. E. funk touchwood, G. funke spark, and perh. to Goth. fn fire.]


  1. Funk

    Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-late 1960s when African American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and R&B. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord, distinguishing it from R&B and soul songs, which are built on chord progressions. Like much African-inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, Hammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands sometimes have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic "hits". Many of the most famous bands in the genre also played disco and soul extensively. Funk samples have been used extensively in genres including hip hop, house music, and drum and bass. It is also the main influence of go-go, a subgenre associated with funk.

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