Funk vs Disco - What's the difference?

funk | disco |

As a noun funk

is radio.

As a verb disco is




(wikipedia funk)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) funke, . More at (l).


(en noun)
  • (obsolete) spark
  • (obsolete) touchwood, punk, tinder
  • Etymology 2

    1743, Scottish and Northern English dialectal word, originally a verb meaning "to panic, fail due to panic". Perhaps from or cognate with obsolete (etyl) . More at (l).


  • (countable) mental depression
  • (uncountable) A state of fear or panic, especially cowardly
  • * Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • [The helmsman] steered with no end of a swagger while you were by; but if he lost sight of you, he became instantly the prey of an abject funk


    (en verb)
  • To shrink from, or avoid something because of fear
  • Etymology 3

    1620, from (etyl) dialectal (Norman) funquer, . More at (l).


  • (countable) Foul or unpleasant smell, especially body odour.
  • (rft-sense) (uncountable) Music that combines traditional forms of black music (as blues, gospel, or soul) and is characterized by a strong backbeat.
  • Derived terms
    * electrofunk * funky


    (en verb)
  • To emit an offensive smell; to stink.
  • To envelop with an offensive smell or smoke.
  • (King)




  • (countable, slightly dated) A short form of discotheque , a nightclub for dancing.
  • (uncountable) A genre of dance music that was popular in the , characterized by elements of soul music with a strong Latin-American beat and often accompanied by pulsating lights.
  • Synonyms

    * (place for dancing ): club, nightclub


    (en verb)
  • To dance disco-style dances.
  • To go to discotheques.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=February 16, author=Cathy Horyn, title=Designers Square Off: Sexy vs. Classy, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Learning that a discoing sex appeal has returned to the runways is a little like hearing that Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb are reuniting.}}


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