funny

adjective
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

funny

noun
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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Other Words from funny

Adjective

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

Teenagers will usually change the names of their iPhones to something anonymous or funny to compound the joke. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Why Teens Are AirDropping Memes to Strangers," 5 June 2019 Fortunately, Lucas saw the funny side of everything. SI.com, "Diego Costa: The Forward's Maddest Social Media Clips Which Give an Insight into His Batsh*t Life," 4 June 2019 Yes, the sweetly awkward funny man made his runway debut tonight, thanks to Wang. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Pete Davidson Just Walked Alexander Wang’s Show," 1 June 2019 Nothing funnier, smarter, quicker or more joyous has graced the big screen in a long time. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Booksmart’ Review: A Joy, Cover to Cover," 23 May 2019 And the character dynamics are instantly gripping and funny: Here are four young people trying to survive in a world that clearly wants to kill them. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," 11 July 2018 The funniest part of the night, though, was when J-Lo walked in on Katy changing into the hamburger. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Katy Perry Dressed Up As A Hamburger For The Met Gala 2019 After Party," 7 May 2019 Return the favor by rattling off any of these funny Father's Day puns, which any sense of humor—no matter how dry or sarcastic—can easily get behind. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "25 Genius Father's Day Puns That Absolutely Can't Be Beet," 3 May 2019 One funny note is that Reynolds himself has turned less Reynolds at the plate with the passage of time, even as the game has gone the other direction. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 This is just a small teaser of the funnies to come. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Gal Gadot Just Shared the Funniest 'Wonder Woman' Bloopers on Instagram," 11 Sep. 2017 Funny, because that’s where this franchise has ended up, too. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' brawl with N.Y. Yankees proves it's time to reboot," 24 Aug. 2017 Funny, then, that the biggest golf tournament win of his youth career would come about eight minutes from his home in Carlsbad. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Well-traveled Alex Yang captures Junior World close to home in Carlsbad," 13 July 2017 In a recent Funny or Die clip, Jar Jar Binks makes a plea to Ron Howard to be added into the Han Solo spin-off after it was announced this week the Apollo 13 director was taking the reins. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jar Jar Binks Makes Incognito Plea to Ron Howard For Han Solo Movie Role," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of funny

Adjective

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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funny

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of funny

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

funny

adjective
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

funny

adverb

Kids Definition of funny (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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