funny

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[ fuhn-ee ]
/ ˈfʌn i /

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

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.

Related forms

fun·ni·ly, adverbfun·ni·ness, nounun·fun·ni·ly, adverbun·fun·ni·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for funniness

  • We were all just blown away by his charisma and magnetism and his funniness.

  • Now, you don't appear to appreciate the funniness of the situation.

    A Woman Intervenes|Robert Barr
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for funniness

funny

/ (ˈfʌnɪ) /

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 Forms

funnily, adverbfunniness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with funniness

funny

In addition to the idioms beginning with funny

  • funny bone
  • funny business
  • funny money

, also see under

  • fun

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