|1.||Also called: blue funk a state of nervousness, fear, or depression (esp in the phrase in a funk)|
|3.||to flinch from (responsibility) through fear|
|4.||(tr; usually passive) to make afraid|
|[C18: university slang, perhaps related to |
Funk (fŭngk, fōōngk), Casimir. 1884-1967.
Polish-born American biochemist whose research of deficiency diseases led to the discovery of vitamins, which he named in 1912.
|Funk (fŭngk, fngk) Pronunciation Key
Polish-born American biochemist who is credited with the discovery of vitamins. In 1912 he postulated the existence of four organic bases he called vitamines which were necessary for normal health and the prevention of deficiency diseases. He also contributed to the knowledge of the hormones of the pituitary gland and the sex glands.