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

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 But Houstonians are not the only one's with a funny bone. Samantha Lopez, Houston Chronicle, "Hilariously honest Yelp reviews of Houston and Texas parks," 25 July 2019 Santana has a big bag of tricks that frequently tickle the funny bone (and his double takes are priceless). Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Don’t think twice; go see ‘Two Guvnors’," 20 June 2019 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,, "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

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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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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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