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/movie
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]
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
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
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
Words at Play
Ask the Editors