Green’s Dictionary of Slang

funk n.1

1. [late 17C–18C] tobacco.

2. [late 17C–18C] tobacco smoke.

3. [late 17C–early 19C; 1940s+] a stench.

4. [1930s+] (orig. US black) sweat generated during sex, dancing, general body odour.

5. [1930s+] (orig. US black) anything basic, elemental, earthy; the essence of being; thus funkster n., one who has such qualities.

6. [1970s] (US) anything attractive or beautiful.

7. [2000s] (US campus) any sexually transmitted disease.

8. [2000s] (US drugs) marijuana.

In derivatives

funkateer (n.)

a fan of funk music.

funkiness (n.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) cowardice.