funkiness

funky

2 [fuhng-kee]
adjective, funkier, funkiest.
1.
Jazz. having an earthy, blues-based quality or character.
2.
having an offensive smell; evil-smelling; foul.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; funk2 + -y1

funkily, adverb
funkiness, noun
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funky1 (ˈfʌŋkɪ)
 
adj , funkier, funkiest
1.  (of music) passionate, soulful; of or pertaining to funk
2.  authentic; earthy
3.  stylish and exciting; cool: funky jeans
 
[C20: from funk², perhaps alluding to music that was smelly, that is, earthy (like the early blues)]

funky2 (ˈfʌŋkɪ)
 
adj , funkier, funkiest
slang chiefly (US) evil-smelling; foul
 
[C18: from funk²]

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funky
1784, "old, musty," in reference to cheeses, then "repulsive," from funk (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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funky definition


and phunky
  1. mod.
    strange; far out. : I like your funky hat.
  2. mod.
    basic and simple; earthy. : I like to be around funky people.
  3. mod.
    smelly; obnoxious. : This place is really funky. Open some windows.
  4. mod.
    unkempt. : Your hair is sort of funky. Comb it.
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