un·​fun·​ny | \ ˌən-ˈfə-nē How to pronounce unfunny (audio) \
unfunnier; unfunniest

Definition of unfunny

: not funny : unamusing an unfunny joke an unfunny performer/performance

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Other Words from unfunny

unfunnily \ ˌən-​ˈfə-​nə-​lē How to pronounce unfunnily (audio) \ adverb
unfunniness \ ˌən-​ˈfə-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce unfunniness (audio) \ noun

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Marie’s mind was elsewhere, fretting over the trip to Nashville ahead of her: mandatory champagne pong, staged group photos, and painfully unfunny hashtags. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "You’re Not The Only One Stressed About Your Social Calendar," 10 June 2019 Before long, Molly is crying at work—under her desk, no less—a terrifically unfunny thing in either a movie or in real life. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Late Night Is a Pitch-Perfect Workplace Comedy," 7 June 2019 Many viewers were outraged and triggered, calling out the Kardashian-Jenners for giving credence to societal beauty standards as well as for joking about the decidedly unfunny topic of disordered eating. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kim Kardashian's Controversial "Skinny" Posts Are Receiving Plenty of Celebrity Backlash," 1 Aug. 2018 The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue ... making fun of people who express religion, the late-night comedians, the unfunny people who go on TV. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Kellyanne Conway blamed synagogue shootings on “anti-religiosity”," 29 Oct. 2018 Men who are funny trigger suspicion within me — as though the funny is doing something to distract me from whatever the unfunny is up to. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Tig Notaro, pure and simple, on ‘Happy to be Here’," 10 June 2018 Add to this a lackluster performance from the Joel Hall Dancers and Swayze, just a bit off his game, vamping with an unfunny, awkward Swayzette who couldn’t remember his dance steps. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Tap Theatre’s fun diva spectacle needs rehearsal, and maybe a diva," 24 June 2018 And beyond being unfunny and lazy writing, the joke also reveals an even greater ignorance of the tense relationship between the two communities, one that has played out in mainstream pop culture at large. Andrew Chow, refinery29.com, "Let's Be Real: Asian And Black Artists Aren't "Celebrating" Each Other Through Hip-Hop," 22 May 2018 Stale, unfunny and offensive is quite the hat trick. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "'Super Troopers 2': Has it aged, or have we?," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unfunny

1858, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfunny

disapproving : not funny

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