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

 

funk

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fʌŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌŋk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they funk
BrE BrE//fʌŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌŋk//
 
he / she / it funks
BrE BrE//fʌŋks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌŋks//
 
past simple funked
BrE BrE//fʌŋkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌŋkt//
 
past participle funked
BrE BrE//fʌŋkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌŋkt//
 
-ing form funking
BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkɪŋ//
 
 
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funk something (British English, informal) to avoid doing something because you are afraid to or find it difficult Word Originverb mid 18th cent. (first recorded as Oxford University slang): perhaps from funk in the slang sense ‘tobacco smoke’, or from obsolete Flemish fonck ‘disturbance, agitation’.

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