fun·​ny | \ ˈfə-nē How to pronounce funny (audio) \
funnier; funniest

Definition of funny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : affording light mirth and laughter : amusing His account of the war came in bits and pieces, sometimes bloody, sometimes funny.— Robert Penn Warren
b : seeking or intended to amuse : facetious Don't take him so seriously; he was just being funny.
2 : differing from the ordinary in a suspicious, perplexing, quaint, or eccentric way : peculiar My car has been making a funny noise. often used as a sentence modifier Funny, things didn't turn out the way we planned.
3 : involving trickery or deception told his prisoner not to try anything funny


plural funnies

Definition of funny (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that is funny especially : joke
2 funnies plural : comic strips or the comic section of a periodical usually used with the

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funnily \ ˈfə-​nə-​lē How to pronounce funny (audio) \ adverb
funniness \ ˈfə-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce funny (audio) \ noun
funny adverb

Examples of funny in a Sentence

Adjective He told a funny story. He's a very funny guy. What are you laughing at? There's nothing funny about it. There's something funny going on here. She has some funny ideas about how to run a company. “I can't find my keys.” “That's funny—they were here a minute ago.” My car has been making a funny noise lately. A funny thing happened to me the other day. It feels funny to be back here again. It's funny that you should say that—I was just thinking the same thing myself. Noun reading the Sunday funnies is part of my weekend ritual let's can the funnies—we've got serious work to do here
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But unlike those records, The Who Sell Out was funny and lighthearted, a far cry from the bids for Serious Art that the band would make in later years. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "The Who Go All Out With ‘The Who Sell Out’ Super Deluxe Box Set," 27 Apr. 2021 The show’s creators have given up being funny and opted instead to scold and censure. Armond White, National Review, "The Simpsons Tries to Cancel Morrissey," 21 Apr. 2021 The story is funny, but is there any way you, a humble Earthling, could really detect an unidentified flying object from some mysterious origin? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "New Jersey Police Disarmed a Homemade UFO Detector," 19 Apr. 2021 Beaker has feelings but will never be able to fully communicate them; Fozzie Bear wants to tell jokes but will never be funny; Miss Piggy wants to seduce Kermit and will never fully succeed. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show”," 17 Apr. 2021 The reason the below SNL skit is funny is that there is massive truth in the joke for every generation and not just for generations named Maude and Mildred. Chris Walton, Forbes, "Best Buy Beta Is A Really Smart Idea," 12 Apr. 2021 Everything about this flick is funny, heart-warming, and all things good. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "The 25 Most Underrated Films Ever Made," 12 Apr. 2021 While of course, the obituary as a poetic form is dark, these poems can also be funny. Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, "How grief became path-breaking poetry in Victoria Chang’s ‘Obit’," 6 Apr. 2021 Which is funny, because Georgia just had a free and fair election, as did every other state in the Union, and yet here came the law. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Politics and sports are forever intertwined; MLB pulling All-Star Game latest example," 4 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The voice will be instantly recognizable as Saundersesque to anyone familiar with his fiction: jocular and often stand-up-comic funny, with a focus on providing joyful surprises with every turn of phrase. Lisa Zeidner, Star Tribune, "Review: 'A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,' by George Saunders," 8 Feb. 2021 This Netflix look at vulgar language, starring Nicolas Cage, is bust-a-gut funny. Willie Brown,, "Willie Brown: It’s time for California to give the vaccine to anyone who wants it," 9 Jan. 2021 Anyway, how does a run-through of all these funnies and memes and LOLs and ROFLs out there in the English football world sound?, "ROFL: The Best Premier League Memes & Funnies of Matchweek 2," 20 Aug. 2019 Here For Golden State Convention By ANDREW MAKARUSHKA More than 200 persons who take their funnies seriously gathered in the U.S. Grant Hotel yesterday for the start of the first San Diego Golden State Comics Convention. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diego’s first Comic-Con featured Ray Bradbury," 19 July 2019 Let’s feast on some funnies: A tasty typo turned a U.S. Senate candidate’s name into that of a sandwich. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A look at Seattle neighborhoods where crime is (and isn’t) up and finally some good news for homebuyers | Friday Morning Brief, July 6," 6 July 2018 Lewandowski assured her Facebook followers that Quinn later found the melted doll funny and wasn't traumatized at all. Jackie Frere, Redbook, "The Internet Thinks This Mom "Traumatized" Her Daughter By Showing Her a Burned Baby Doll," 21 Nov. 2017 The special featured funny takes on money-hungry televangelists, and a hilarious impression of Ugandan President Idi Amin. Matthew Allen, The Root, "The Richard Pryor Show: A Master Class of Innovation vs. Censorship," 15 Sep. 2017 Lulled by the presence of innocents, the president made a couple of mild funnies. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Donald Trump Congratulates Trick Or Treaters for Not Having "Weight Problems"," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of funny


1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Funny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of funny

: causing laughter
informal : odd or strange
informal : not well : somewhat ill


fun·​ny | \ ˈfə-nē How to pronounce funny (audio) \
funnier; funniest

Kids Definition of funny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : causing laughter : full of humor a funny story
2 : strange sense 2 a funny noise



Kids Definition of funny (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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