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

Examples of unfunny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The question of why conservatives are so unfunny remains something of a mystery. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Gutfeld! the Worst Show on Television?," 8 Apr. 2021 There’s this long confessional bit where everyone tries to describe what a tectonic plate is that is deeply unfunny. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: Shook Ones," 18 Mar. 2021 Plus, if comedy is tragedy plus time, what are we supposed to do amid a deeply unfunny public health crisis and exceedingly serious national conversation around politics and race? Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "How to Be Funny—Not Offensive—at Work," 22 Feb. 2021 Wisconsin found out how unfunny this truly is Tuesday. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball shows the world it can win national title with blowout of Wisconsin," 13 Jan. 2021 In this weirdly dark, unfunny and forgettably crass comedy, Barrymore stars as wild-child actress Candy Black, who becomes too much of a PR nightmare for people to hire her. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Netflix's 'The Prom,' Michael Bay's COVID-19 movie 'Songbird'," 10 Dec. 2020 The Old Comedy was more abrasive and more childish, though not in an unfunny way. New York Times, "How Nick Kroll Became the Picasso of Puberty," 3 Dec. 2020 Other decisions were problematic, like an unfunny sketch that tried to tie together Russian election interference and voting-by-mail, or the hazmat suits worn by people delivering statuettes to the winners, which appeared to mock the pandemic. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Emmy Show Reinvents Itself, but Keeps the Stale Parts," 20 Sep. 2020 The Cockroach, a strained and unfunny attempt at a satirical inversion of Kafka, in which a cockroach wakes up as Britain’s pro-Brexit prime minister. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Postmodernist American Writers and 9/11," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unfunny

1858, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Unfunny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfunny. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfunny

disapproving : not funny

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