- Dial. smelly; musty
- Jazz having an earthy quality or style derived from early blues or gospel music
- of or characteristic of funk (sense )
- Slang unconventional, offbeat, etc.
- Slang emotional or soulful
Origin of funkyorigin, originally black slang, literally , smelly, hence musty, earthy from obsolete funk, smell, smoke, probably from French dialect, dialectal funkier, to smoke from Vulgar Latin an unverified form fumicare, for Classical Latin fumigare: see fumigate