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English noun: funk

1. funk (state) a state of nervous depression

SamplesHe was in a funk.

Synonymsblue funk

Broader (hypernym)depression

2. Funk (person) 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)

SynonymsCasimir Funk

Instance hypernymbiochemist

3. funk (communication) an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar

Broader (hypernym)jazz

English verb: funk

1. funk (motion) draw back, as with fear or pain

SamplesShe flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf.

Synonymscringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)retract, shrink back

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