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funny

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adjective fun·ny \ˈfə-nē\

Simple Definition of funny

  • : causing laughter

  • : odd or strange

  • : not well : somewhat ill

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of funny

funnier

funniest

  1. 1 a :  affording light mirth and laughter :  amusing b :  seeking or intended to amuse :  facetious

  2. 2 :  differing from the ordinary in a suspicious, perplexing, quaint, or eccentric way :  peculiar —often used as a sentence modifier <funny, things didn't turn out the way we planned>

  3. 3 :  involving trickery or deception <told his prisoner not to try anything funny>

funnily

play \ˈfə-nə-lē\ adverb

funniness

play \ˈfə-nē-nəs\ noun

funny

adverb

Examples of funny in a sentence

  1. He told a funny story.

  2. He's a very funny guy.

  3. What are you laughing at? There's nothing funny about it.

  4. There's something funny going on here.

  5. She has some funny ideas about how to run a company.

  6. I can't find my keys. That's funny—they were here a minute ago.

  7. My car has been making a funny noise lately.

  8. A funny thing happened to me the other day.

  9. It feels funny to be back here again.

  10. It's funny that you should say that—I was just thinking the same thing myself.



1756

First Known Use of funny

1756


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funny

noun fun·ny

Definition of funny

plural

funnies

  1. 1 :  one that is funny; especially :  joke

  2. 2 plural :  comic strips or the comic section of a periodical —usually used with the



Examples of funny in a sentence

  1. <reading the Sunday funnies is part of my weekend ritual>

  2. <let's can the funnies—we've got serious work to do here>



1852

First Known Use of funny

1852

Rhymes with funny



FUNNY Defined for Kids

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funny

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adjective fun·ny \ˈfə-nē\

Definition of funny for Students

funnier

funniest

  1. 1 :  causing laughter :  full of humor <a funny story>

  2. 2 :  strange 2 <a funny noise>




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funny

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adverb fun·ny

Definition of funny for Students

  1. :  in an odd or peculiar way <She looked at me funny.>





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