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 McCarthy had another funny man on her mind: Zach Galifianakis. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "A 'Masked Singer' e-llama-nation: The man inside the four-legged suit is revealed to be …," 6 Feb. 2020 What is touching here is the child’s thirst for recognition; what is funny is the grandiose form that thirst takes. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Vivian Gornick Is Rereading Everyone, Including Herself," 3 Feb. 2020 In the end, the funniest thing here is the name of the production company, Artists First. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Turmoil in the French suburbs in ‘Les Misérables’," 10 Jan. 2020 Elephant seals in funny-looking hats are helping NASA study climate science. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Seals with High-Tech Hats Are Collecting Climate Data in the Antarctic," 6 Dec. 2019 Indeed, where a play’s emphasis lands is a funny thing. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Review: The accent is on the hilarious at the Denver Center’s “Twelfth Night”," 30 Nov. 2019 Evil can be scary or funny, wittily askew in its druggy-flirty depiction of supernatural investigation. Darren Franich,, "Evil, the best show on network TV, wraps season 1 with a bleak twist: Finale review," 31 Jan. 2020 Of course, in general, blue-collar folks are gonna be pranksters, and funny, and rueful. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "‘American Factory’ directors on capturing what ‘globalization looks like on a human scale’," 29 Jan. 2020 My beloved daughter is many things: smart, funny, caring. Ann Killion,, "Personal measuring stick of 49ers Super Bowl success: my baby girl," 28 Jan. 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 25 Feb. 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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