a) An earthy quality appreciated in music such as jazz or soul.
b) A type of popular music combining elements of jazz, blues, and soul and characterized by syncopated rhythm and a heavy, repetitive bass line.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - a grammy award winning rock band formed in 1983. Influenced by such bands as Parlaiment-Funkadelics and Sly and the Family Stone the band (despite many changes in line-up) they gradually gained recognition for their combination of funk and punk rock, along with their explosive live act which became their trademark - performing naked with nothing on but a tube sock on their dicks.
Their first 3 albums barely sold 2mil between them but 1989's Mother's Milk, which was the first album recorded by the current line-up - brought them back onto the scene. In september 1991 they released Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It was a staggering hit (eventuallly selling 7mil in the US alone) and such hits as Give It Away and Under the Bridge (the groups first US top ten single) came from it.
When John Frusciante had to leave RHCP in 1992 due to drugs they went through another stage of line-up changes (including Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction who recorded One Hot Minute) untill eventually John rejoined the band.
The reunion album , 1999's Californication, was a monster hit and reconfirmed the Chili Peppers as one of the best bands around.
With the releases of By The Way (2002) and Stadium Arcadium (2006) they have shown no signs of abating there relentless production of quality mainstream, punky, funky music which they have somehow, despite many setbacks, kept going for more than 2 decades!
Surely one of the greatest bands around and their older stuff is a classic example of funk music.
by Sl8rBoi October 25, 2006
A secret word that was once used to bypass the badword filter on basilmarket. It was discovered by a clueless nib one night when a bug caused any line longer than 4 characters to trigger the badword filter. It is now a meme.
Yes, I know it's 100 mil plus. >.>

How do you bypass the filter without saying Funk?
by Muffins4NightBreakfast July 10, 2008
Living creature that is the size of a medicine ball, but covered in teets. Landed on Bootsy Collin's house. You can milk the funk. Lets you see around corners.
We can take the funk and make ourselves some tasty shakes.
by Grace Lynn April 11, 2008
the sweetest, sexiest and LITERALLY most buttkickin' music mankind has ever acquired so far.
a gift to mankind from the prosperous african-hearted america (africa kickz azz).
it's all 'bout shaking your ass to the sexiest grooves you can imagine. best enjoyed live in close company with either a woman or a man, what ever you prefer...
babe, you're like funk'n'soul... sexy'n'lovely...
by snzzl May 16, 2005
A state of undesirable emotions or feeling out-of-sorts. These feelings may include but are not limited to: sadness, boredom that is unusually difficult to curb, laziness, unworthiness, and an overall feeling of malaise. The reasons for being in a "funk" usually remain unknown by the victim while others may know exactly why they are in a "funk" and just have a difficult time getting rid of it. A funk may last a few hours or up to several weeks at a time.
John: Hey man, you want to go out to the bars tonight and get fucked up??!!!

Mike: No man. I'm not in the mood tonight. I'll probably just watch TV and go to bed.

John: Damn dude, that's the second weekend in a row! Sounds to me like you're in a funk.
by Theodore D. April 21, 2011
verb: to freak to the point of exhaustion and ecstasy (to funk, funk'd, funk'ng)
Traxx funk'd me.
by v powers March 17, 2009
Bay Area rappers use the term to refer to conflict/animosity/violence/discord/gang war
-"And any nigga in his right mind don't want no funk" --Richie Rich

-"I ain't trippin, I just wanna rap man, I don't want funk with another black man" --Mac Dre

-"And Mrs. Mossberg, livin in that back trunk, you know that old school bitch, she like to get in funk" --Spice 1

-"Don't be actin like no bitch when the funk is on, cause if them niggas catch you slippin then yo ass is gone" --Spice 1

-"Uzis and 9s were kept in the trunk, cause the north and the south had high power funk" --Mac Dre

-"The funk is on" --lots of Bay area rappers say this really (meaning the same as "it's on")
by A_SN August 03, 2008
A style of music emerging in the late 1960's blending soul, jazz and R&B, mostly played by African Americans at the time.

These days, most people mistake bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine to be funk bands, when they are actually funk METAL bands. There is a lot of difference. These bands simply take the base styles and drum styles used in funk and incorporate them into metal.

REAL funk artists use pretty much the same lineup as a jazz group, which includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones, keyboards/pianos, drums, bass and sometimes guitar.

Examples of real funk artists are:

Herbie Hancock
James Brown
Stevie Wonder
Some great funk songs -
"Higher Ground" - Stevie Wonder
"Chameleon" - Herbie Hancock
"Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" - James Brown
"Superstition" - Stevie Wonder
"Sly" - Herbie Hancock
by Pangui June 17, 2007

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