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 modifierFunny, 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 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 No shade to Ina Garten, but not everyone thought her extra-large cosmo was funny. Claire Gillespie,, "Memes About Drinking During Quarantine Are Everywhere—But They're Actually Really Problematic," 13 May 2020 There’s a funny sequence halfway through Nell Zink’s second novel, Mislaid, in which one of the main characters, a frustrated playwright, tries without much luck to get her career off the ground. Andrew Martin, The New York Review of Books, "Getting Away With It," 13 May 2020 He'll be remembered as kind and funny, a student of the Bible who lived his faith and was quick to lend a helping hand, Outcalt said. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Larry Dunkerly, who died of COVID-19, built life on foundation of family, faith, friends," 22 Apr. 2020 Much of the drama is trivial, most of it is funny, and all of it is deeply relatable, as humans across the world navigate the bizarre problems and pettiness that arise in the age of sheltering-in-place and social distancing. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Website Compiles the Everyday Drama of Co-Quarantining," 19 Mar. 2020 One — oculocutaneous albinism — stood out, making our jokes about Billy Idol seem less funny. Ethan J. Weiss, STAT, "Should ‘broken’ genes be fixed? My daughter changed the way I think about that question," 21 Feb. 2020 Now back to memes: A good weed meme must be, first and foremost, irresistibly funny. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Weed Memes To Laugh At When You Catch The Giggles This 4/20," 20 Apr. 2020 The rest of the trilogy, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, are available there too, complete with great casts, funny stories, and plenty of adventures the whole family will enjoy watching. Southern Living, "There's a Night at the Museum Musical in the Works," 17 Apr. 2020 Creating a funny Zoom background is so March, 2020. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How to use Snap Camera to transform yourself in Zoom, Skype, and Teams calls," 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce funny (audio)

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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