- providing fun; causing amusement or laughter; amusing; comical: a funny remark; a funny person.
- attempting to amuse; facetious: Did you really mean that or were you just being funny?
- warranting suspicion; deceitful; underhanded: We thought there was something funny about those extra charges.
- Informal. insolent; impertinent: Don't get funny with me, young man!
- curious; strange; peculiar; odd: Her speech has a funny twang.
- Informal. a funny remark or story; a joke: to make a funny.
- comic strips.
- Also called funny paper.the section of a newspaper reserved for comic strips, word games, etc.
Origin of funny1
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- a shell or light skiff rowed by one person with sculls.
Origin of funny2
Examples from the Web for funnies
I assume Bradley saw demonstrations of the “Funnies” before rejecting them.
The “Funnies” were a weird assortment of odd-looking beasts.
Plus, the midterm campaign delivered its share of funnies, verbal souvenirs which will take with us into the new year.The 2010 Political Dictionary from A to Z
Samuel P. Jacobs
December 12, 2010
After that came a big dinner, and then a half hour spent with the funnies.Dan Carter and the Cub Honor
Mildred A. Wirt
The Sunday supplement has few "funnies" and never any colored pictures.Germany in War Time
Mary Ethel McAuley
Jimmie looked at the funnies, and Grandma and Rose-Ellen did the dishes.Across the Fruited Plain
Florence Crannell Means
Dozia was regarded "an awful joker" and she usually preferred the illustrated brand of funnies.Jane Allen: Center
But I could and did improve the sports page, put in more home-stuff for the women, more society news, funnier 'funnies' and so on.The Knack of Managing
Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
- US and Canadian informal comic strips in a newspaper
- causing amusement or laughter; humorous; comical
- peculiar; odd
- suspicious or dubious (esp in the phrase funny business)
- informal faint or illto feel funny
- informal a joke or witticism
Word Origin and History for funnies
"humorous," 1756, from fun + -y (2). Meaning "strange, odd" is 1806, said to be originally U.S. Southern. The two senses of the word led to the retort question "funny ha-ha or funny peculiar," which is attested from 1916. Related: Funnier; funniest. Funny farm "mental hospital" is slang from 1962. Funny bone "elbow end of the humerus" is 1826; funnies "newspaper comic strips" is from 1852.
Idioms and Phrases with funnies
In addition to the idioms beginning with funny
- funny bone
- funny business
- funny money
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