funny car


: a specialized dragster that has a one-piece molded body resembling the body of a mass-produced car

Examples of funny car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trained as an automotive technician, his real education came while wrenching a number of funny cars and top fuel dragsters. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, 17 May 2020 John Force: Born in Bell Gardens, Force is a 16-time NHRA and one-time AHRA funny car champion driver and a 21-time champion car owner. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2020 Following Friday’s two qualifying sessions, Force stands fourth in funny car with a pass at 4.051 seconds and a top speed of 305.70 mph. Parth Upadhyaya, The Denver Post, 19 July 2019 The other winners Sunday were Tommy Johnson Jr. (funny car), Greg Anderson (pro stock) and Andrew Hines (pro stock motorcycle). Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, 21 July 2019 The band posters showed nitrogen funny cars shooting flames. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, 24 June 2019 Jack Beckman topped funny car qualifying Friday in the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. Staff Report,, 10 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of funny car was in 1965

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“Funny car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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