General English

  • adjective fashionable, modern

Media Studies

  • adjective with the backbeat and rhythmic bass typical of funk music
  • adjective referring to or resembling of blues music


  • adjective smelly, fetid. This is the original sense of the word, dating from the early 17th-century British noun funk, meaning a stink or ‘fug’ of tobacco smoke. This in turn probably derives from the Latin verb fumigare (to smoke or fumigate), via french. Senses 1a and b originate in this meaning.