Funk Funk, v. i. 1. To emit an offensive smell; to stink. [1913 Webster]

2. To be frightened, and shrink back; to flinch; as, to funk at the edge of a precipice. [Colloq.] --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster]

{To funk out}, to back out in a cowardly fashion. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

To funk right out o' political strife. --Lowell (Biglow Papers).

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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