funny

adjective
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 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

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Other Words from funny

Adjective

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

Kuwait is the most open of the Gulf states, with a raucous parliament and vibrant print media; all the same, last year Kuwaiti intellectuals started leaking memos from the information ministry, which make for darkly funny reading. The Economist, "The unlikely rise of book fairs in the Gulf," 5 July 2019 At the heart of the show is Anne, who is funny and fearless, but also has a bit of an edge. Tracy Brown, chicagotribune.com, "’Amphibia’ creator eager for viewers to say, ‘There’s someone like me’," 2 July 2019 The show has cast members from different parts of the country sharing their poignant, raw, funny and enlightening journey through life. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘Silent NO MORE,’ sharing experiences about growing up deaf, hard of hearing," 29 June 2019 This brown-eyed boy with a fantastic smile is funny and friendly and longs for a simple family with a mom, dad and possibly some siblings. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive.com, "Will, 14, is easygoing, curious and in search of a family that prioritizes routines: A Home of Their Own," 22 June 2019 The lines are fast and funny and the four actresses brought together by mishap and chance give them weight and depth. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "‘Savannah Sipping Society’ A Performance To Savor," 17 June 2019 Perhaps the unforgivably gendered industry characterized by Cooke is at last in its endgame, struggling to throw off the past, and, finally, having to admit that no one group gets to tell the rest of the world what’s funny. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Women are making advertising funnier, smarter, and way less sexist," 11 June 2019 The woman was funny and bold, said what was on her mind, and seemed genuinely interested in her and Isaac’s welfare. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019 This piece of your chart governs your social networks and community, which makes sense, since Leos are known to be funny and outgoing. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Leo Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Funny, then, that the biggest golf tournament win of his youth career would come about eight minutes from his home in Carlsbad. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Well-traveled Alex Yang captures Junior World close to home in Carlsbad," 13 July 2017 In a recent Funny or Die clip, Jar Jar Binks makes a plea to Ron Howard to be added into the Han Solo spin-off after it was announced this week the Apollo 13 director was taking the reins. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jar Jar Binks Makes Incognito Plea to Ron Howard For Han Solo Movie Role," 24 June 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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funny

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of funny

: causing laughter
informal : odd or strange
informal : not well : somewhat ill

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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