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 The funny bone isn’t more important than the heart. Matthew J. Palm,, "IceHouse ‘Miracle’ is a comic yet sensitive holiday gift | Review," 15 Nov. 2020 Leslie Kimmelman and Galia Bernstein have created a lively, off-beat story that tickles the funny bone. Penny Schwartz,, "From llamas to a Jewish superhero, children’s books bring new characters to Hanukkah story," 3 Nov. 2020 Even in the nation’s bleakest hours, our favorite entertainers have been those who could tickle our funny bone. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "Jim Gaffigan, Donald Trump and the Death of Laughter," 4 Sep. 2020 Fortunately, that heart is big, resilient and in frequent contact with its close neighbor, the funny bone. Karla Peterson Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: For your reconsideration: TV shows that deserve a change of heart," 14 Aug. 2020 Backup quarterback Brett Hundley briefly played in the fourth quarter, when Murray hit his funny bone and lost some feeling in his fingers. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Kyler Murray turns it over four times, as Cardinals lose season finale to Rams," 29 Dec. 2019 The slightly blank expression on the furry faces of both main characters adds to the humor, and Climo’s laconic repartee between predator and prey is aimed pretty squarely at a 4-year-old’s funny bone. — Kathie Meizner, Washington Post, "Four new books to help your kids laugh and learn," 21 Oct. 2019 Laughs of all sorts, whether through performances, art, showcases, panel discussions or podcast recordings, will be offered at Baltimore venues as funny folk from all over gather for this third annual celebration of what tickles our funny bones. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Billie Holiday Arts & Music Festival, Baltimore Comedy Festival and more," 25 Aug. 2019 If your funny bone needs a weekend tickle, though, check out one of the shows at ComedySportz San Jose. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "No joke: San Jose Improv going dark for an interior makeover," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of funny bone was in 1826

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25 Nov 2020

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“Funny bone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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