|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 |
|slang (US) a strong foul odour|
|[C17 (in the sense: tobacco smoke): from funk (vb) to smoke (tobacco), probably of French dialect origin; compare Old French funkier to smoke, from Latin fūmigāre]|
|informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation|
|[C20: back formation from |
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.
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.
rhythm-drivenrhythm-driven musical genre popular in the 1970s and early 1980s that linked soul to later African-American musical styles. Like many words emanating from the African-American oral tradition, funk defies literal definition, for its usage varies with circumstance. As a slang term, funky is used to describe one's odour, unpredictable style, or attitude. Musically, funk refers to a style of aggressive urban dance music driven by hard syncopated bass lines and drumbeats and accented by any number of instruments involved in rhythmic counterplay, all working toward a "groove."
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