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.

Definitions of funk
  1. noun
    a state of nervous depression
    “he was in a funk
    synonyms: blue funk
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    type of:
    a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
  2. noun
    an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar
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    a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
  3. verb
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    synonyms: cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
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    retract, shrink back
    pull away from a source of disgust or fear
    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
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