un·​fun·​ny | \ˌən-ˈfə-nē \
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 \ adverb
unfunniness \ ˌən-​ˈfə-​nē-​nəs \ noun

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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 Potomad Watch Podcast Potomac Watch Podcast Peter Funt describes nearby some of the unfunny bits, and Ms. Wolf was especially vicious to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was seated on the dais. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Wolf Who Came as a Wolf," 29 Apr. 2018 Women who laughed aloud while watching funny videos had higher levels of germ-fighting killer-cell activity than those who watched unfunny videos, according to an Indiana State University study. Redbook, "Make It Through Flu Season Without Getting Sick," 5 Dec. 2010 McCann was a castmember of Turn On, producer George Schlatter's ill-fated 1969 attempt to go one step further than his sensational hit, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Convoluted and unfunny, Turn On was canceled after one episode. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Chuck McCann, Comic Actor and Popular Kids TV Host, Dies at 83," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unfunny

1858, in the meaning defined above

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