funny bone

noun

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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Word History

Etymology

from the tingling felt when it is struck

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of funny bone was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Funny bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/funny%20bone. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

funny bone

noun
1
: a place at the back of the elbow where a blow causes a painful tingling sensation
2
: a sense of humor
it tickled my funny bone

Medical Definition

funny bone

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