adjective Southern U.S. (chiefly Kentucky) . (of tobacco)
rotten; moldy.

1890–95; funk punk (noun) (Middle English fonk; cognate with Dutch vonk, German Funke) + -ed3 Unabridged


1 [fuhngk]
cowering fear; state of great fright or terror.
a dejected mood: He's been in a funk ever since she walked out on him.
verb (used with object)
to be afraid of.
to frighten.
to shrink from; try to shirk.
verb (used without object)
to shrink or quail in fear.

1735–45; perhaps < early Dutch dialect fonck

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funk1 (fʌŋk)
1.  Also called: blue funk a state of nervousness, fear, or depression (esp in the phrase in a funk)
2.  a coward
3.  to flinch from (responsibility) through fear
4.  (tr; usually passive) to make afraid
[C18: university slang, perhaps related to funk²]

funk2 (fʌŋk)
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]

funk3 (fʌŋk)
informal a type of polyrhythmic Black dance music with heavy syncopation
[C20: back formation from funky1]

Funk (fʌŋk)
Casimir (ˈkæzɪˌmɪə). 1884--1967, US biochemist, born in Poland: studied and named vitamins

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"depression, ill-humor," 1743, probably originally Scottish and northern English, earlier as a verb, "panic, fail through panic," (1737), said to be 17c. Oxford University slang, perhaps from Flem. fonck "perturbation, agitation, distress," possibly related to O.Fr. funicle "wild, mad."

"bad smell," 1620s, from dialectal Fr. funkière "smoke," from O.Fr. fungier "give off smoke," from L. fumigare "to smoke." In reference to a style of music, it is first attested 1959, a back formation from funky.
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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.

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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.
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