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Meaning of FUNK

Pronunciation:  fungk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  United States biochemist (born in Poland) who showed that several diseases were caused by dietary deficiencies and who coined the term `vitamin' for the chemicals involved (1884-1967)
  2. [n]  a state of nervous depression; "he was in a funk"
  3. [v]  draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

FUNK is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: blue funk, Casimir Funk, cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
 See Also: biochemist, depression, move, retract, shrink back



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Funk\, n. [OE. funke a little fire; akin to Prov. E. funk
    touchwood, G. funke spark, and perh. to Goth. f?n fire.]
    An offensive smell; a stench. [Low]
  2. \Funk\, v. t.
    To envelop with an offensive smell or smoke. [Obs.] --King.
  3. \Funk\, v. i.
    1. To emit an offensive smell; to stink.
    2. To be frightened, and shrink back; to flinch; as, to funk
       at the edge of a precipice. [Colloq.] --C. Kingsley.
    {To funk out}, to back out in a cowardly fashion. [Colloq.]
             To funk right out o' political strife. --Lowell
  4. \Funk\, Funking \Funk"ing\, n.
    A shrinking back through fear. [Colloq.] ``The horrid panic,
    or funk (as the men of Eton call it).'' --De Quincey.
  5. \Funk\, n.
    One who funks; a shirk; a coward. [Colloq.]
  6. \Funk\, v. t.
    1. To funk at; to flinch at; to shrink from (a thing or
       person); as, to funk a task. [Colloq.]
    2. To frighten; to cause to flinch. [Colloq.]
Thesaurus Terms
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