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[fuhng-kee] /ˈfʌŋ ki/
adjective, funkier, funkiest.
1.
Jazz. having an earthy, blues-based quality or character.
2.
having an offensive smell; evil-smelling; foul.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; funk2 + -y1
Related forms
funkily, adverb
funkiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for funkiness

funky1

/ˈfʌŋkɪ/
adjective (informal) funkier, funkiest
1.
(of music) passionate, soulful; of or pertaining to funk
2.
authentic; earthy
3.
stylish and exciting; cool: funky jeans
Word Origin
C20: from funk², perhaps alluding to music that was smelly, that is, earthy (like the early blues)

funky2

/ˈfʌŋkɪ/
adjective funkier, funkiest
1.
(slang, mainly US) evil-smelling; foul
Word Origin
C18: from funk²
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Word Origin and History for funkiness

funky

adj.

1784, "old, musty," in reference to cheeses, then "repulsive," from funk (n.2) + -y (2). It began to develop an approving sense in jazz slang c.1900, probably on the notion of "earthy, strong, deeply felt." Funky also was used early 20c. by white writers in reference to body odor allegedly peculiar to blacks. The word reached wider popularity c.1954 (e.g. definition in "Time" magazine, Nov. 8, 1954) and in the 1960s acquired a broad slang sense of "fine, stylish, excellent."

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Slang definitions & phrases for funkiness

funkiness

noun

The excited, hard-edged, soulful, or rhythmically compelling mood associated with funk: Cannonball's alto sax has lost its old zesty funkiness (1980s+)


funky

adjective
  1. Repulsive; malodorous; stinking: What a stinking, dirty, funky bitch she was/ The Baths, though, are funky enough without booze (1784+)
  2. In the style of the blues; earthy; simple yet compelling, with a strong beat and powerful bass guitar: He has combined a basically funky sound with experimentation/ the funky-butt tune high wide an' lonesome (1954+ Black musicians)
  3. Excellent; effective; cool: He wanted to get down and get funky/ There's a funkyass biker after my own heart (late 1960s+)
  4. Old-fashioned; quaintly out-of-date; having a nostalgic appeal: for those of you who are not familiar with its funky splendor/ my love for funky Forties clothes (1960s+)
  5. Pleasantly eccentric or unconventional; offbeat (1960s+)
  6. Deviant; kinky: That guy's a little too funky for my taste
  7. Highly emotional; lacking affective restraint: He hints that it may have its funky moments (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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