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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb funk:


Fun fact! "Funk" was originally a Tudor word for the stale smell of tobacco smoke.

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Definition of the noun funk

What does funk mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: funks

  1. a state of nervous depression
    • example: he was in a funk
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of funk: blue funk
    • more generic word: depression = a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
  2. United States biochemist (born in Poland) who showed that several diseases were caused by dietary deficiencies and who coined the term `vitamin' for the chemicals involved (1884-1967)
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of Funk: Casimir Funk
    • instance of: biochemist = someone with special training in biochemistry
  3. an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: jazz = a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles

Alternative definition of the noun funk


  1. [obsolete] spark
  2. [obsolete] touchwood, punk, tinder
  3. [countable] mental depression
  4. [uncountable] A state of fear or panic, especially cowardly
  5. [countable] Foul or unpleasant smell, especially body odour. Examples of 18th Century usage cited in Universal English Dictionary, 1896.
  6. [uncountable] A genre of popular music associated with the 1970s and typified by prominent bass guitar and horn section.

Definition of the verb funk

What does funk mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: funked | funking | funks

  1. draw back, as with fear or pain

Alternative definition of the verb funk


  1. To shrink from, or avoid something because of fear


  1. Funk is a village in Phelps County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 194 at the 2010 census.
  2. Funk is an unincorporated community in southwestern Plain Township, Wayne County, Ohio, United States. Because it is not tracked by the U.S. Census, a census population estimate is not available.

There are other places with in their name, like Funk House and Funk’s Grove Township.


Who is Funk?

Funk a.k.a. Dan Estrin is a musician and a member of the band Hoobastank.


Funk a.k.a. Royal Peeps is a musical group, webpage.


Funk is a record label.


  1. Funk is a fictional character from the 1999 film Mystery Men.
  2. Funk is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Bob Funk.


  1. Funk is a musical genre.
  2. Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid to late 1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and R&B. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord, distinguishing them from R&B and soul songs, which are built on chord progressions. Funk uses the same extended chords found in bebop jazz, such as minor chords with added sevenths and elevenths, or dominant seventh chords with altered ninths.
  3. "Funk" is an album released in 2002 by Korean pop rock band Bulldog Mansion. It is most notable for featuring the song "Happy Birthday to Me," which was used in the SamBakZa Flash cartoon "There she is!! Step 2 -- Cake Dance".
    • genres: Pop rock, K-pop
    • released on (13 years ago)
  4. "Funk" is a musical single of The Coup.
    • also known as Funk / The Liberation Of Lonzo Williams
    • released on (22 years ago)
  5. "Funk" is a musical album of Dominga Petrona.


Funk is a family name.

Phrases with Funk

  1. funk hole
  2. G-Funk
  3. blue funk
  4. casimir funk
  5. Fake the Funk

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Funk

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Google previewA Standard History of Fulton County, Ohio (1920)

An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with an Extended Survey of Modern Developments in the Progress of Town and County

Elza Dean Funk is the son of Festus and Frances Elizabeth ...

Google previewGod in the Street (1995)

New York Writing from the Penny Press to Melville by Hans Bergmann

Peter Funk is an apparent New York invention, an imp of deception, a supernatural shape-shifter who appears wherever...


by Dr. Jo-an Baldwin Peters

Joel Funk is the Principal Investigator of this study together with Dr. Jo-an Baldwin Peters (PhD) and Court Brooker. Dr. Joel Funk is a certified Urologist initially associated with the Yavapai Regional Medical ...

Google previewHear Then the Parable (1989)

A Commentary on the Parables of Jesus by Bernard Brandon Scott

What is critical for Funk is that metaphor involves language different from that of the everyday. "To say A is B is a metaphor, which, because of the juxtaposition of two discrete and not ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant (1889)

Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Tinker's Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Funk (general), state of nervous trepidation, fear.

Google previewGuitar Technique Encyclopedia

The Ultimate Guide to Guitar Playing by Alfred Music

Funk is a style of contemporary dance music typified by heavy use of syncopated sixteenth notes and extended vamping over two or three chords. James Brown, P -Funk, George Clinton, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Prince and The ...

Google previewThe Blues Encyclopedia (2004)

by Edward Komara, Peter Lee

Stone emerged from the Bay Area with a racially and sexually integrated ensemble that fused aspects of rock and soul over an ever increasingly syncopated funk groove. In Detroit, Norman Whitfield's late 1960s and early 1970s productions ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (2010)

by John Ayto, John Simpson

AMIS The darts contest took place, not in the Foaming Quart proper (with its stained glass and heavy drapes and crepuscular funk), but in an adjoining hall ( 1989). 2 orig US Funky music. 1959–. MAKING MUSIC The bass rhythm is an ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1978)

Volume 25 - Publishers and the Library to Rochester: University of Rochester Library by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour, Jay E. Daily

Cassell's New French Dictionary, Funk and Wagnalls, New York, 1970. Cassell's New German Dictionary, Funk and Wagnalls, New York.

Google previewThe New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2015)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

semen; smegma US They had fried shit choplets and hot funk custard/ Drank spit out of cocktail glasses and used afterbirth for mustard.

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Sign Language EEL - Uptown Funk

Another fantastic video created by Miss Corbett and her Sign Language EEL group. This time they created a signed music video for Uptown Funk by Mark ...

Quotes about Funk

I like New York because you're kind of forced to smell everybody else's funk. So it keeps you biologically attached to the world around you. (Jeffrey Wright)
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Scrabble value of F4U1N1K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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