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 Many other users responded to the viral tweet with their own commentary on how funny the video was. Time, "'Clearly He's Not Actually Washing.' Grandma Puts Baby to Work Doing Dishes Because Being a Baby Is Not a Free Ride," 14 Jan. 2020 For a much younger me, Car and Driver and Car Craft were twin inspirations, smart and funny about their subjects, more amusing than lesser car magazines. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "What We Lose When We Lose What Car Craft Was," 13 Jan. 2020 Inspired by true stories featured in Epic Magazine, the 8-episode series goes beyond the headlines to bring the funny, warm and romantic tales of eight different immigrants to the United States to life. Ruth Kinane,, "AppleTV+ drops first trailer for heartwarming immigrant series Little America," 19 Dec. 2019 Expect, by turns, orgiastic, mournful, darkly funny and relentlessly compelling sets. John Wenzel, The Know, "The best New Year’s Eve 2019 live music to see in Denver and beyond," 19 Dec. 2019 But box-office success for this sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying Korean-language tale of economic inequality was no sure thing. Nicole Sperling, New York Times, "‘Parasite’ Has Shocked the Box Office, Helped by an Upstart Studio," 27 Nov. 2019 People come out in turkey hats and funny head gear and colorful socks and stuff. Lois Szymanski,, "Turkey Trot a Thanksgiving Day tradition for families, furry runners," 23 Nov. 2019 Joe Mixon taking out a ref after the Bengals’ win over the Browns was too funny. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "So, who's going to win the Super Bowl? Probably the Saints.," 30 Dec. 2019 The book is laugh-out-loud funny, each chapter filled with that signature Ali Wong charm. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ali Wong’s Raunchy Humor Charms in ‘Dear Girls’," 21 Oct. 2019 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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20 Jan 2020

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“Funny.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 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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