funny

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adjective, fun·ni·er, fun·ni·est.

noun, plural fun·nies.

Informal. a funny remark or story; a joke: to make a funny.
funnies,
  1. comic strips.
  2. Also called funny paper.the section of a newspaper reserved for comic strips, word games, etc.

Origin of funny

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First recorded in 1750–60; fun + -y1
Related formsfun·ni·ly, adverbfun·ni·ness, nounun·fun·ni·ly, adverbun·fun·ni·ness, noun

Synonyms for funny

1. diverting, comic, farcical, ridiculous, droll, witty, facetious, humorous. Funny, laughable, ludicrous refer to that which excites laughter. Funny and laughable are both applied to that which provokes laughter or deserves to be laughed at; funny is a colloquial term loosely applied and in popular use is commonly interchangeable with the other terms: a funny story, scene, joke; a laughable incident, mistake. That which is ludicrous excites laughter by its incongruity and foolish absurdity: The monkey's attempts to imitate the woman were ludicrous.
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Examples from the Web for funnily

Contemporary Examples of funnily

Historical Examples of funnily

  • But Dods did mix up his—'similes,' I think, is the right word—so funnily!

    The House That Grew

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • He had never heard or known of a bleeding nose being treated so lightly, and at the same time so funnily.

  • The dearest little girl you ever saw, and so funnily dressed!

    The Cuckoo Clock

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • Dilys and Lennie and Hetty of course stand up for you hard, and funnily enough so does Leonora.

  • The boys soon found an unpretending establishment near the Breedstraat (Broad Street) with a funnily painted lion over the door.

    Hans Brinker

    Mary Mapes Dodge



British Dictionary definitions for funnily

funny

adjective -nier or -niest

causing amusement or laughter; humorous; comical
peculiar; odd
suspicious or dubious (esp in the phrase funny business)
informal faint or illto feel funny

noun plural -nies

informal a joke or witticism
Derived Formsfunnily, adverbfunniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for funnily
adv.

1814, from funny + -ly (2).

funny

adj.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with funnily

funny

In addition to the idioms beginning with funny

  • funny bone
  • funny business
  • funny money

, also see under

  • fun
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