Meaning of funk-hole in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌŋkhəʊl/


  • 1 slang A hiding place or refuge.

  • 2 slang, historical Specifically. In the First World War (1914–18): a hole in the ground used by troops as a shelter against enemy fire or as a firing point.

  • 3 slang, derogatory, historical, rare In extended use: a place of employment or an occupation which is used as a pretext for evading military service.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Daily News. From funk + hole.