Definitions for: Funk

[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)
[n] a state of nervous depression; "he was in a funk"
[v] draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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]

Funk, v. t.
To envelop with an offensive smell or smoke. [Obs.] --King.

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

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.

Funk, n.
One who funks; a shirk; a coward. [Colloq.]

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.]

Synonyms: blue funk, Casimir Funk, cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince

See Also: biochemist, depression, move, retract, shrink back

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