Definition of funk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fʌŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʌŋk//
    Styles of music
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a type of dance music with a strong rhythm, developed by African American musicians in the 1960s See related entries: Styles of music
  2. 2(also blue funk) [singular] (old-fashioned, informal) a state of fear or anxiety
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (North American English) a strong unpleasant smell
  4. Word Originnoun early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘musty smell’): perhaps from French dialect funkier ‘blow smoke on’, based on Latin fumus ‘smoke’.

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