Main definitions of funky in English

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adjectivefunkier, funkiest

  • 1informal (of music) having or using a strong dance rhythm, in particular that of funk.

    ‘some excellent funky beats’
    • ‘Kahakalau's multicultural, multilingual background is reflected in her music, which ranges from soft Hawaiian rhythms to funky reggae beats.’
    • ‘Music will include funky techno, a cappella singers, dance floor jazz, and chilled house.’
    • ‘The level loaded and funky techno music filled the room.’
    • ‘Today, Maceo leads his own soldiers across the world playing the same old funky music he's been playing over the course of the last few decades.’
    • ‘‘My original intention, and it still is, was to have very positive, funky, party dance music,’ he says.’
    • ‘The background music was funky jazz, just right for a Saturday lunchtime.’
    • ‘The result builds on the success of his earlier efforts by delivering a smooth, intoxicating mixture of beats and funky rhythms that provide the perfect soundtrack to any chilled out mood.’
    • ‘The music was funky, but didn't inspire impromptu dancing the last night I was there which was a shame.’
    • ‘The result is a lively blend of jazz, restrained hip-hop and funky feel-good rhythm.’
    • ‘Both tracks are up-tempo numbers that also show the influence of the Ramsey Lewis Trio's funky jazz, but with the crucial addition of vibes.’
    • ‘The Montreal crew share a technique, processing tiny fragments of sound into bubbling, funky, minimal house music.’
    • ‘Their music, a funky twist of '80s new wave and '90s indie, drew in onlookers as they pushed through their set.’
    • ‘Coffee sounded great; a quiet, warm shop filled with funky music and the aroma of coffee.’
    • ‘The exotic funky music played really added to the night coupled with the mixed friendly crowd.’
    • ‘People naturally respond to the diminutive sax man's keening sound, funky rhythms and bluesy riffs.’
    • ‘Always an Irish favourite, Justin is equally at home playing pumping house as funky techno and always rocks the party.’
    • ‘As we arrived at the race site, Simon had on his headphones listening to funky music.’
    • ‘With their funky beats, James Brown samples and goofy lyrics, this duo achieved a mainstream breakthrough for hip-hop.’
    • ‘Finally, Toby Weymouth will round things off with funky techno and breaks.’
    • ‘The show is a pure play on energy, filled with funky beats and strong singing and dancing.’
    cool, trendy, fashionable, hip, fly, stylish, supercool
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    1. 1.1Modern and stylish in an unconventional or striking way.
      ‘she likes wearing funky clothes’
      • ‘The clothes are wonderful, a mix of funky, stylish and classic pieces.’
      • ‘Jane Bond's Martinis are one of its features and, though pricey at $6.85, are just as stylish, funky and classy as the rest of the restaurant.’
      • ‘The aim is to promote a funky, modern image of Chichester, in keeping with the new type of buyer that estate agents have identified.’
      • ‘Are you getting bored with the modern, slick and funky eateries around town?’
      • ‘The ninth house I lived in was a funky modern architectural travesty.’
      • ‘The heavy drapes were pulled down making it quite dark, while the cutlery and accessories are modern and funky.’
      • ‘The setting might have been old but what they were making there was modern and funky.’
      • ‘He tackles a variety of styles, from his signature over-the-top look through chic, romantic, modern and funky, and on to downright conservative.’
      • ‘Keep one simple pair for everyday use and get one funky or stylish pair for certain occasions, like a night out on the town, or to go with a particular outfit.’
      • ‘I'm trying to make this a modern and funky place to live.’
      • ‘Add lighting to your office with funky, stylish desk and standing lamps.’
      • ‘They are also stylish, funky, and sexy: even snow-boarders are sporting less baggy attire.’
      • ‘During the second half of the evening casual and funky clothes were modelled as the girls gave everyone ideas for a Saturday night out with a difference.’
      • ‘This is the eighth year of funky crafts, clothes, cards and hopefully more of those neat pillows they had last year.’
      • ‘They were really strange, funky clothes and I kept wondering if they managed to get the right size and why they would do this.’
      • ‘These stylishly funky e-mail invites have great graphics, most with sound clips and animations.’
      • ‘If teenagers want to dye their hair, paint their fingernails black, or wear funky clothes, it may be worth thinking twice before you object.’
      • ‘We were in the Haight, a neighborhood known for head shops, funky clothes and '60s memorabilia.’
      • ‘The clothes are funky, the sideburns are long, and the attitude is far out.’
      • ‘The company offers clothing that is trendy and funky, so you don't have to substitute style for politics.’
      groovy, bluesy, jazzy, syncopated
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  • 2North American informal Strongly musty.

    ‘cooked greens make the kitchen smell really funky’
    • ‘Just don't offer your deadbeat ex a place to crash unless you're ready for a permanent roommate with a funky stale beer scent.’
    • ‘I've looked at a variety of liquids, all have some funky combination of smelly smells thrown in.’
    • ‘When you step into a room such as this, and you smell mold, mildew, a funky kind of moisture, a heavy smell, you should look around.’
    • ‘I do not want to see or smell your funky feet, crusty heels or unpedicured toes.’
    musty, unpleasant, smelly
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Origin

Late 17th century (in the sense ‘smelling strong or bad’): from funk.

Pronunciation

funky

/ˈfʌŋki/

Main definitions of funky in English

: funky1funky2

funky2

adjectivefunkier, funkiest

British dated, informal
  • Frightened, panicky, or cowardly.

    ‘he did not give up to you like a funky traveller to a highwayman’
    frightened, afraid, fearful, nervous, panicky, agitated, alarmed, worried, intimidated
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Origin

Mid 19th century from funk.

Pronunciation

funky

/ˈfʌŋki/