funk

Definitions

General English

Media Studies

  • noun a style of popular music that derives from jazz, blues and soul and is characterised by a heavy rhythmic bass, syncopated rhythms, African tones and danceability

Slang

  • noun cowardice, fearfulness, a fit of panic. A word which is quite unrelated to the musical sense. Funk here comes from the Flemish fonck, meaning worry or agitation. (A blue funk is a state of extreme fear.) It has been in use since the 18th century.
  • noun skunk marihuana. The term has been in use since around 2000.
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