- 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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Examples from the Web for funniness
We were all just blown away by his charisma and magnetism and his funniness.Joel Kinnaman: ‘The Killing’s’ Scene-Stealer
May 25, 2012
Now, you don't appear to appreciate the funniness of the situation.A Woman Intervenes
I exclaimed in dismay, adding in a feeble attempt at funniness: "It might save you fishing out my remains later."Down the Yellowstone
Lewis R. Freeman
I've no intention of accepting him; but no one can judge as I can of how big and dear a person he is—in spite of his funniness.'Franklin Kane
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- 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 funniness
"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 funniness
In addition to the idioms beginning with funny
- funny bone
- funny business
- funny money
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