funk

If you're in a funk, it means that you've been feeling sad. You might be in a serious funk after your best friend moves across the country.

One way to use funk is to mean "blues" or "depression." Everyone's in a funk sometimes — for some people, the shorter, darker winter days automatically put them in a bit of a funk. Funk also refers to a bluesy kind of music with a strong underlying bass rhythm. It comes from funky, which means "stinky" or "musty smelling," from the French funkière, "smoke." In African American music, funky became a compliment, a description of soulful, earthy music — like funk itself.

Primary Meanings of funk

1.
n
a state of nervous depression
2.
n
an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar
3.
v
draw back, as with fear or pain
Full Definitions of funk
1

n a state of nervous depression

“he was in a funk
Synonyms:
blue funk
Type of:
depression
a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
2

n an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar

Type of:
jazz
a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
3

v draw back, as with fear or pain

Synonyms:
cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
Types:
retract, shrink back
pull away from a source of disgust or fear
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

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