1. An offensive smell; a stench. [Low]
2. One who funks; a shirk; a coward. [Colloq.]
Funk, v. t.
1. To envelop with an offensive smell or smoke. [Obs.]
2. To funk at; to flinch at; to shrink from (a thing or person); as, to funk a task. [Colloq.]
3. To frighten; to cause to flinch. [Colloq.]
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.]
To funk out, to back out in a cowardly fashion. [Colloq.]
To funk right out o' political strife. --Lowell (Biglow Papers).
Funk, Funk·ing, n. A shrinking back through fear. [Colloq.] “The horrid panic, or funk (as the men of Eton call it).”
n 1: a state of nervous depression; "he was in a funk" [syn: blue
2: 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) [syn: Casimir Funk]
v : draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they
showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch, squinch,
cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail]