Adjective "funk" definition and examples

(Funk may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A state of great fear or panic.
  1. 'I may even get better at answering mails straight away rather than letting them mount up until I drop into a blue funk about the backlog.'
  2. 'He lies in an existential funk trying to make sense of it all.'
  3. 'Sometimes it requires a crisis to sort out those fitted for leadership from their confreres inclined to dash around in a blind funk.'
  4. 'Who, or what, got you into the funk in the first place?'
  5. 'I was asked the other day during an interview what I do personally when I get into a blue funk.'
  6. 'Far from implementing smart strategies to fight terror, this administration has only succeeded in scaring the public and pushed the country into an uncharacteristic funk.'
  7. 'Our Prime Minister has come out of his funk, and has some real serious plans for this country.'
  8. 'I just can't seem to focus on things that might get me out of my funk - such as getting the remortgage underway and finalised.'
  9. 'At the sound of his son's name, Andrew snapped out of his funk and slowly swung his other foot to the ground.'
  10. 'The messages helped snap Pottruck out of his funk.'
  11. 'Many people assume comfort foods are eaten when a person is in a funk, depressed, bored, or lonely.'
  12. 'The metallic scritch of a key in the lock jolted me out of my funk.'
  13. 'But if savers and builders are sufficiently scared and sufficiently depressed, even big tax cuts may not be enough to bring them out of their funk.'
  14. 'Nothing in particular happened to cheer me up - I just came out of my funk.'
  15. 'It may only serve to get you out of your funk and into the gym - but hey, that's half the battle of any exercise program.'
  16. 'I thought I got depressed, but even in a depressed funk, my lowest grade would be at least a ten!'
A coward.


    Avoid (something) out of fear.
    1. 'If he funks this one then his government will unravel and we will be back to John Major, the Exchange Rate Mechanism and Maastricht.'
    2. 'The decision by Labour to funk the presidential election underlines that party's frivolity.'
    3. 'The assembled leaders seem certain to funk both challenges.'
    4. 'This legislative programme didn't just funk the big issues - hospital waiting times, proportional representation, class sizes and family law reform - it funked the little issues as well.'
    5. 'By a donnish performance, more in the style of a school of philosophy than of an economics department, Letwin proved the case for tax cuts, then forged an intellectual alibi for funking its implementation.'
    6. 'The chief executive and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic funked a London trip ‘‘due to the international situation’.'
    7. 'The attempt then to portray Al Gore, who rejected the subterfuge, as the one who was funking national debates was farcical.'
    8. 'Because otherwise you would have funked it, you would have been seen to have been the person, the country, that precipitated it and then walked away from it.'
    9. 'It would have made clear that this administration had a sense of historic purpose and that it was not going to funk the most important single issue facing Britain in the new millennium.'


    A style of popular dance music of US black origin, based on elements of blues and soul and having a strong rhythm that typically accentuates the first beat in the bar.
    1. as modifier 'a funk bass line'
    2. 'These guys are laying down a night of Afro-Latin jazz, funk and soul rhythms for the people, and you're invited!'
    3. 'Many artists could list soul, funk, jazz, hip hop and r 'n' b as influences, but few could put such a personal and individual stamp on their sound.'
    4. 'They're pushing out rather typical rock music with hints of hip-hop and funk, elements that are too subtle to redefine the end result.'
    5. 'The North Queensland based group are a newly-formed but very professional outfit who fuse elements of funk and reggae with hip hop and groovy rhythms.'
    6. 'Elsewhere, Jon mixes up elements of dub, jazz and ambient music into the requisite funk beats.'
    7. 'On their first album, the Singers blended soul, funk, jazz and rock with lightweight dance beats, courtesy of Fila Brasilia.'
    8. 'Many consider him the father of Afrobeat, that is the combination of Nigerian high-life and Yoruba rhythms with funk, soul and jazz.'
    9. 'Rich, rhythmical patterns and grooves represent roots in African culture, or to be more exact, Afro-American music in the realm of jazz, soul and funk.'
    10. 'It makes for quite an eclectic mix, with elements of soul, funk, gospel and Rasta thrown into the hip-hop mix.'
    11. 'Just like hip hop, it's all influenced by funk, jazz and soul.'
    A strong musty smell of sweat or tobacco.
    1. mass noun 'he prowled his office trailing the telltale odour of funk'
    2. 'You gotta stick with me on this, though - I promise, the end result is worth the funk, and the smell goes away once it's been prepared.'
    3. 'It's not sweat or the funk from the equipment; it's a strange smell that's hard to describe.'


    Give music elements of funk.
    1. 'funked-up songs'
    2. 'Upping the tempo and controlling the beat, Mr. Kuts treats us to a little old skool electro flavour with What's Up At The Brotherfront before funking it up with some house with Mousse T's Fire.'
    3. 'Oh, I wanna see this guy, I wanna hear this music live, I wanna see if they're gonna remix it or funk it up differently when I see them.'
    4. 'As for formals, I'd suggest bringing a few cocktail dresses and some accessories to funk them up a bit.'
    5. 'Tony Hall funks it up big time with Trey starting to really get into it on Tell Me Something Good.'
    6. 'Serve healthy and refreshing iced teas instead of fizzy drinks, and funk them up with colourful straws.'
    7. 'The song uses the hypnotic-electronic beat of Soft Cell's 80s hit ‘Tainted Love’ as its base rhythm but definitely funks it up in comparison to the original.'
    8. 'With the exception of the pop ballad features for Miles like ‘Human Nature’, this band plays hard throughout and usually funks it up pretty good also.'
    9. 'That's one of the reasons that I like to choose stylish clothes that are relatively inexpensive and then funk them up with accessories and an eye for geometry.'
    10. 'Influenced by electro-clash, disco and garage, Simon and Felix have taken the best bits of the music scene at the moment and funked them up as far as they can go.'
    11. 'Bernie is the mastermind behind it all, effortlessly floating from style to style, showing his skill at the most delicate of musical forms, and then funking it up like a maniac.'
    12. 'Apparently, he also has a knack for picking songs that seem random at first, and funking them up into something big-beat, horn-blasting, soulful, and torally listenable.'
    13. 'Stick to classic clothes - jeans and a white T-shirt have always been cool, baby - and then just funk them up with, say, a trendy belt.'
    14. 'While the first CD is incredibly mellow, with Athlete, Phoenix and Snow Patrol, the second CD funks it up a bit.'
    15. 'Whether you want a traditional curled style or want to funk it up with spikes, tousles or free form hair tails you will be right in style.'

    More definitions

    1. cowering fear; state of great fright or terror.

    2. a dejected mood: He's been in a funk ever since she walked out on him. verb (used with object)

    3. to be afraid of.

    4. to frighten.

    5. to shrink from; try to shirk. verb (used without object)

    6. to shrink or quail in fear.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "whiles can be funk."

    "styles can be funk."

    "people can be funk."

    "coopers can be funk."

    "classics can be funk."

    More examples++


    (funk)Early 17th century (in the sense ‘musty smell’): perhaps from French dialect funkier ‘blow smoke on’, based on Latin fumus ‘smoke’.