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funky

adj. 1. [US Black idem (J. Hassan p.c.); cf. OED funk a strong smell or stink obs. -4-1725; US dial, funky idem: "[A negress's] strong smell, black and funky" ADD] smelly, such as of a room or an unwashed body: That public toilet smell so funky (Nassau). (Black)

2. [US Black "a nitty-gritty, truly-felt blues mood in jazz and therefore in the people who produce this art form (Major); OEDS II of jazz or similar music: down-to-earth and uncomplicated; emotional. By extension: "in", "swinging", fashionable; the connection with def. 1 would seem to be an unwashed honesty as opposed to the deodorized culture of the white middle class; cf. BDNE I)

3. (pertaining to a style of music and dance) fash­ionable. (Nassau, Exuma)

Tags: adjective, anatomy, dance, music

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Last update: 2010-12-07 01:27
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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