funny bone


Definition of funny bone

1 : the place at the back of the elbow where the ulnar nerve rests against a prominence of the humerus
2 : a sense of humor

Examples of funny bone in a Sentence

I hit my funny bone on the edge of the table.
Recent Examples on the Web Daniel played most of the first half, missing two series because of tingling in his right hand caused by a hit to his funny bone. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 There’s something about the sight of a gaggle of FBI agents standing around looking at a painting like students at an art critique that tickles the funny bone — for me, anyway. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 17 June 2021 Emma Stone's newest role in Cruella may not exactly be in the slapstick-comedy sphere, but the Oscar-winning actress has just proven that her funny bone is still fully intact. Jen Juneau,, 28 May 2021 According to Maddon, Ohtani felt like he’d been struck in the funny bone on his padded elbow. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 Gabriel suggests chicken wings, like a bone, or a funny bone. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021 Hopefully, a few of them will hit your funny bone in just the right way. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2021 Bellefleur has a droll, distinct voice, and her one-liners zing off the page, striking both the heart and funny bone. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 Dec. 2020 Help kids find their funny bone with this interactive game. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of funny bone

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for funny bone

from the tingling felt when it is struck

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English Language Learners Definition of funny bone

: a place at the back of your elbow where you feel a painful tingling sensation when it is hit

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fun·​ny bone | \ ˈfən-ē-ˌ How to pronounce funny bone (audio) \

Medical Definition of funny bone

: the place at the back of the elbow where the ulnar nerve rests against a prominence of the humerus

called also crazy bone


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