1 [fuhng-kee]
adjective, funkier, funkiest.
overcome with great fear; terrified.

1830–40; funk1 + -y1 Unabridged


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

1905–10, Americanism; funk2 + -y1

funkily, adverb
funkiness, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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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Word Origin & History

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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Computing Dictionary

funky definition

Said of something that functions, but in a slightly strange, klugey way. It does the job and would be difficult to change, so its obvious non-optimality is left alone. Often used to describe interfaces. The more bugs something has that nobody has bothered to fix because workarounds are easier, the funkier it is. TECO and UUCP are funky. The Intel i860's exception handling is extraordinarily funky. Most standards acquire funkiness as they age. "The new mailer is installed, but is still somewhat funky; if it bounces your mail for no reason, try resubmitting it." "This UART is pretty funky. The data ready line is active-high in interrupt mode and active-low in DMA mode."
[Jargon File]

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Example sentences
Amid its funky martial arts, a moral lesson comes through: things are not
  always what they seem.
As petrol prices rise, policymakers and venture capitalists are suddenly
  embracing funky alternatives.
Funky decor and panoramic views from its wraparound balcony.
One scientist's quest to understand some funky fins taps a new crowdsourcing
  model to funding his project.
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