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

Examples of unfunny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That refreshingly retro era precedes Infinity Stones, LEGO Batman, and painfully unfunny Jokers. oregonlive, "Broadway Rose takes this superhero parody ‘Up and Away’: Review," 27 Jan. 2020 In some ways, this story is like a long, bizarro, very unfunny episode of Seinfeld — no hugging, no learning. Dvora Meyers, Longreads, "The Disease of Deceit," 17 Jan. 2020 Where the film really stumbles is its comedy: The jokes in Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly’s script are patently unfunny. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Like a Boss is a female buddy comedy in need of a serious makeover: Review," 9 Jan. 2020 The term in question designates a social media style that relies on relentless nuisance posting of memes, comments, and unfunny jokes purely as a means of sadistic self-gratification. BostonGlobe.com, "(And likewise, I often find myself using Trump tweets as occasions to cast wishes into the void of space.)," 4 Oct. 2019 The result is something that’s boring, unfunny, and soulless. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The NBA’s Awards Show is Painful to Watch," 25 June 2019 Earlier in the season, Ellison had released the disastrously unfunny Western comedy The Sisters Brothers, which also appears to have lost tens of millions. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Vice Producer Going Bankrupt," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of unfunny

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfunny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfunny. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfunny

disapproving : not funny

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