- adjective fashionable, modern
- 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.