funky

Something that's funky has a strong musical rhythm or beat, and a deep bluesy sound. You might practice some funky bass lines before auditioning for your school's jazz band.

Funky tunes have some of the spirit of the 1960s-era music genre called funk, a branch of R&B that's influenced by soul and jazz music. Rhythm is so important in funky music that the drums and bass are emphasized, melody less so. Based on this cool music, funky also means "stylish" or "hip:" "Mom, those pants are totally funky." The word's original meaning, however, was "stinky," specifically when discussing the smell of aged cheese.

Definitions of funky
  1. adjective
    (of jazz) having the soulful feeling of early blues
    synonyms: low-down
    emotional
    of more than usual emotion
  2. adjective
    stylish and modern in an unconventional way
    “she likes funky clothes”
    “we did it all in black and white in a very funky sixties style”
    Synonyms:
    unconventional
    not conventional or conformist
  3. adjective
    offensively malodorous
    “the kitchen smelled really funky
    synonyms: fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, ill-scented, noisome, smelly, stinking
    ill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling
    having an unpleasant smell
  4. adjective
    in a state of cowardly fright
    Synonyms:
    cowardly, fearful
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
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