un·​fun·​ny ˌən-ˈfə-nē How to pronounce unfunny (audio)
unfunnier; unfunniest
: not funny : unamusing
an unfunny joke
an unfunny performer/performance
unfunnily adverb
unfunniness noun

Examples of unfunny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The equally unfunny remarks need not be acknowledged at all. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Awards season had a shaky start, with Golden Globes host Jo Koy facing criticism for some truly unfunny jokes about Barbie and Taylor Swift back in January. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2024 King and co-writer Simon Farnaby stuff the movie with head-scratching, vastly unfunny fat jokes that feel pulled from an early aughts romantic comedy. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Dec. 2023 That led to a bit on strong women, Jeff Bezos’ divorce and male gold diggers, with an unnecessary (and unfunny) shot at the WNBA. Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 The Washington Post’s current attempts at being clever can be humiliatingly unfunny. Richard E. Vatz, Baltimore Sun, 9 Jan. 2024 People called her rude, untalented, unfunny, and accused her of being a nepo baby or worse, simply another influencer wasting everyone’s time. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2024 In this obnoxiously unfunny followup from Paramount+, stars Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson return as hapless fast food employees. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 For a professional comedian, Fielder is disturbingly good at creating congenitally unfunny characters. Alison Herman, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unfunny was in 1858

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“Unfunny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfunny. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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