Funk - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fʌŋk|  American pronunciation of the word funk
Brit.  |fʌŋk|  British pronunciation of the word funk


- a state of nervous depression
- 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)
- an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar


- draw back, as with fear or pain (syn: cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince)


The funk was so thick I couldn't see across the room.

Open up the door and let the funk out.

Funk is similar to soul, only more extrovert.

I hope you will not think I am funking.

We all funked telling her the truth.

What is that ghastly funk in here?

She's in a funk about giving her talk on Sunday.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: funk
he/she/it: funks
present participle: funking
past tense: funked
past participle: funked
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