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funny

adjective fun·ny \ ˈfə-nē \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of funny

funnier; funniest
1 a : 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

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.

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First Known Use of funny

1756


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funny

noun

Definition of funny

plural funnies
1 : one that is funny; especially : joke
2 funnies 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

Recent Examples of funny from the Web

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First Known Use of funny

1852



FUNNY Defined for English Language Learners

funny

adjective

Definition of funny for English Language Learners

  • : causing laughter

  • : odd or strange

  • : not well : somewhat ill


FUNNY Defined for Kids

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funny

adjective fun·ny \ ˈfə-nē \

Definition of funny for Students

funnier; funniest
1 : causing laughter : full of humor
  • a funny story
2 : strange 2
  • a funny noise

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funny

adverb

Definition of funny for Students

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


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