funny bone

noun

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.

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This season marks the first full year under new management, and the team is testing out its funny bone. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Millennials outraged after baseball team advertises 'Millennial Night' with avocados, participation ribbons and napping stations," 19 July 2018 But Beguelin liberally sprinkles the script with puns and goofy running jokes, not all of which land on the funny bone. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "Magic and much more from a dazzling ‘Aladdin’," 12 July 2018 For a less hands-on experience, exercise your funny bone at Skyline Comedy Cafe in Appleton. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Solo trips to recharge in Wisconsin," 10 June 2018 Not even a numbed right hand from a blow to the funny bone could dull his moment. John Henry, star-telegram, "Jordan Najar wins fifth Golden Gloves regional title | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Feb. 2018 In the meantime, there are plenty of comedy acts to warm up your funny bone: Dennis Miller on Saturday, April 7; Pauly Shore on Friday-Saturday, April 13-14; and Chris D’Elia on Saturday, April 28. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "April showers us with fresh produce, jazz and laughs | Idaho Statesman," 31 Mar. 2018 To tickle your funny bone, spend time with a friend who shares your sense of humor, watch a funny YouTube clip, or follow your child's lead: Kindergartners find something to laugh about 300 times a day, while adults laugh only 17 times. Redbook, "Make It Through Flu Season Without Getting Sick," 5 Dec. 2010 And this month is sure to tickle everyone’s funny bone with not only Comedyfort, but standup performances from Jay Mohr and Kathleen Madigan. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Move over February! March is here with so many ‘forts,’ comedians and egg hunts | Idaho Statesman," 24 Feb. 2018 At one point the students were asked: What is the nerve that causes a funny bone? Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "BASIS middle school and Reagan High teams to compete in National Science Bowl," 10 Feb. 2018

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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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funny bone

noun

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

funny bone

noun
fun·​ny bone | \ˈfən-ē-ˌ \

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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