Green’s Dictionary of Slang

funker n.1

[funk v.2 (1)]

1. a petty criminal, rated as the lowest order of thieves.

[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795) n.p.: funkers idle and disorderly fellows of the lowest order of thieves.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Flash Dict.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

2. (also funkstick) one who is a coward, a weakling or a shirker [funkstick orig. foxhunting j., one who shows cowardice in the face of jumping a ‘stick', i.e. a fence].

[UK]R.S. Surtees Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 312: Oh! old Bugles! old Pad-the-Hoof! old Mr. Funker!
[UK]R.S. Surtees Ask Mamma 468: The greatest funkers, too, are oftentimes the boldest under the influence of false courage.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Facey Romford’s Hounds 254: The pullers begin to get the bits in their mouths, and the funkers to look out for their leaders.
[UK]M.E. Kennard Girl in the Brown Habit I 85: My surprise was intense at the number of shirkers. Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I could not have believed so many ‘funksticks’ existed in one field.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Graphic 7 Feb. 12/1: They allude to him sneeringly as ‘a shirker’ and a ‘funkstick!’.
[UK]Manchester Times 15 June 8/1: A nervous man [...] has any number of drunk-fuddled ‘funksticks’ ready to echo his alarm.
[UK]Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 2 Jan. 4/2: On this New Year’s morn do not be a funker; Face the Kingdom’s shore, and take the cold, cold planker.
[UK]D.H. Lawrence letter 3 July in Coll. Letters (1962) I 134: God curse them, funkers. God blast them, wish-wash.
[UK]Western Morn. News 6 Dec. 2/7: It is a friendly country [...] where everyone can hunt as it pleases without being criticized as a ‘funk-stick’ or duffer.

3. a prostitute who quits the streets when the weather is bad.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.