funny

adjective
fun·​ny | \ ˈfə-nē How to pronounce funny (audio) \
funnier; funniest

Essential Meaning of funny

1 : causing laughter He told a funny story. He's a very funny guy. See More ExamplesWhat's so funny? What are you laughing at? There's nothing funny about it. It's not that funny. a funny story/movieHide
2 informal : odd or strange There's something funny going on here. She has some funny ideas about how to run a company. See More Examples"I can't find my keys." "That's funny—they were here a minute ago." "That's funny." "Do you mean funny peculiar/strange or funny ha-ha?" [=by "funny" do you mean "odd" or "amusing"?] My car has been making a funny noise lately. A funny thing happened to me the other day. a funny-looking hat It feels funny to be back here again. It's funny that you should say that—I was just thinking the same thing myself. Funny, things didn't turn out the way we planned. [=it's odd that things didn't turn out the way we planned]Hide
3 informal : not well : somewhat ill My stomach feels funny. I feel a little funny. (chiefly Brit) After the accident he went a bit funny in the head.

Full 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

Other Words from funny

Adjective

funnily \ ˈfə-​nə-​lē How to pronounce funny (audio) \ adverb
funniness \ ˈfə-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce funny (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 The joking around really takes off, and it’s not just about being funny. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 Nov. 2021 In the same way, yassifying is funny until it’s not. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 Everyone is funny, and some of the art is actually impressive. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 The show, at SpeakEasy Stage Company through Nov. 20, is funny, but not because of the circumstances per se. Jacquinn Sinclair, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 That really appealed to me because people are funny. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 11 Nov. 2021 The documentary is funny, moving, painful and thought-provoking. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 Rob is now one of hundreds, if not thousands, of people to make a small fortune on an idea that would have been unimaginable in pre-crypto economies: enormous wealth that exists because enough people collectively think dogs are funny. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2021 There is nothing funny about what Shiv had to say, and when her words are put in Sophie’s mouth, Kendall stops laughing. Kevin Sullivan, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The voice will be instantly recognizable as Saundersesque to anyone familiar with his fiction: jocular and often stand-up-comic funny, with a focus on providing joyful surprises with every turn of phrase. Lisa Zeidner, Star Tribune, 8 Feb. 2021 This Netflix look at vulgar language, starring Nicolas Cage, is bust-a-gut funny. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, 9 Jan. 2021 Anyway, how does a run-through of all these funnies and memes and LOLs and ROFLs out there in the English football world sound? SI.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 15 Sep. 2017 Lulled by the presence of innocents, the president made a couple of mild funnies. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, 27 Oct. 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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More Definitions for funny

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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