Definition of Peter Funk in US English:

Peter Funk

noun

US
slang, historical
  • (A name for) a perpetrator of any of various ruses to raise prices or otherwise cheat buyers at an auction; specifically a fraudulent bidder, especially in a mock auction; a con man or swindler.

adjective

US
slang, historical
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of such a ruse; worthless; sham.

Origin

Mid 19th century. Probably from PeterFunk, the name of a character distinguished by his deceitful business practices in the novel The Perils of Pearl Street by Asa Greene; the name may in turn have been influenced by funk.

Pronunciation

Peter Funk

/ˌpiːtə ˈfʌŋk/