Funk

Definition of Funk

Pronunciation: fŭņk
n.1.An offensive smell; a stench.
2.One who funks; a shirk; a coward.
3.a state of fear.
4.a mildly depressed state of mind; - often used in the phrase blue funk.
1.an earthy, seemingly unsophisticated style of jazz music having elements of black American blues and gospel.
v. t.1.To envelop with an offensive smell or smoke.
2.To funk at; to flinch at; to shrink from (a thing or person); as, to funk a task.
3.To frighten; to cause to flinch.
v. i.1.To emit an offensive smell; to stink.
2.To be frightened, and shrink back; to flinch; as, to funk at the edge of a precipice.
To funk out
to back out in a cowardly fashion.
To funk right out o' political strife.
- Lowell (Biglow Papers).
n.1.A shrinking back through fear.

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