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
The smell of sex.
Funk is that smell that's left over after sex.
by Appledude24 August 27, 2008
Funk is a more basic, hard rhythmic version of soul music. It is a type of black music which becaame more popular in the late 60's.
Famous funk artists include James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Janet Jackson, Prince and Sly Stone.
by pinksequin December 15, 2005
1. A music style associated with the 70s that emphasizes the importance of a groove (and sometimes sensuality)

Funk musicians, especially the bass player, place notes between beats, but the first beat is always emphasized and returned to in the pocket. It is common for the electric guitar player to mute often in strumming patterns. Funk needs drum and bass to be funk. You can dance to funk, hence funk 1 is derived from funk 2.

2. Sweat (African American vernacular English). Often associated with sensual acts (e.g. dancing, mating), although now more obsolete than funk 3.

3. A foul odour. Possibly the result of funk 2.

4. Replacement for "fuck" in "fuck" expressions (e.g. funk you, funked up).
Rob: - What is "funk"?
Chris: - Check out "Bootsy's basic funk formula" on Youtube.
Rob: - Lame. Can't you just explain it?
Chris: - Nope, I just dance to it. You have to feel it to understand it.

Rebecca: What did you do tonight Rob? Where you out dancing?
Rob: Yeah, how did you know?
Rebecca: The funk's all over your t-shirt.

Hitch-hiker: Is that a corpse in your back trunk?
Stranger: No, that's just some prawns making funk.
Hitch-hiker: Seriously?
Stranger: Seriously.

Mom: - Fuck me!
Dad: - Honey, the kids are watching.
Mom: - Uh. Thank me. Thank me. That's what I said.
Kids not buying it: - That was definitely the f-word.
Mom: - Yeah... uhm.... you know: Funk me! Yes funk! We were just doing the funk. ... You know like James Brown.
Kids: Who's he?
Mom: ...
Dad: He's the sandman. Now back to bed kids.
Kid 1: I wanna be sandman when I grow up!
Kid 2: Mom, why was sandman in the kitchen yesterday?

Not to be confused with funk dance. That's how dance studios refer to the way people dance in music videos, like Britney Spears.
by funkfunkfunk December 21, 2009
A word describing any Noun such as a Person Place or thing as a negative. Ugly, distasteful, Unpleasant, fright, no beauty.
That gurl over there is Funks
by KevinPat October 14, 2005
A groovy earthy vibe. Used mostly in music. Originally sourced from the intimate scent of a woman.
Lord, that's a funky groove!
by Timbiwa2 September 11, 2009
(adj.) A combination of the words faded and drunk. It is often consequential after vaporizing and smoking alcohol, which is done by pumping a concentrated amount of air into a plastic bottle with vodka inside.
Toby: Dude, what do you want to do right now?
Kerry: Man, I want to get funked!
Toby: Start jerking out that crystal geyser!
by Akt Tak August 22, 2013
Funk (2. smell): a. a usually objectionable musky odor emanating from human underarms and genitalia, especially in the male but to a lesser extent the female, resulting from glandular secretions and bodily functions. Infrequent washing and rapid bacterial growth intensify the odor. Cultural norms might result in certain individuals associating a funky smell with the sex act and thus lessening its objectionable. b. the smell and substance of smegma.
Henry, if you don't get upstairs right away and take a shower your funk is going to blow up my house!
by Prof. Nosler November 09, 2007

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