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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.
  1. comic strips.
  2. Also called funny paper. the section of a newspaper reserved for comic strips, word games, etc.



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Origin of funny

First recorded in 1750–60; fun + -y1

synonym study for funny

1. 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.


fun·ni·ly, adverbfun·ni·ness, nounun·fun·ni·ly, adverbun·fun·ni·ness, noun

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[ fuhn-ee ]
/ ˈfʌn i /

noun, plural fun·nies.

a shell or light skiff rowed by one person with sculls.

Origin of funny

First recorded in 1790–1800; perhaps jocular use of funny1
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What is a basic definition of funny?

Funny describes something that causes fun, especially laughter. Funny can describe someone who is trying to amuse others. It can also describe someone or something that is suspicious or odd. Funny has a few other senses as an adjective and a noun.

Funny describes something that is amusing and causes people to laugh. Something that amuses people without causing laughter is usually said to be fun rather than funny. For example, a roller coaster would be called fun, while a knock-knock joke would be called funny. If something is not funny, it is unfunny.

Real-life examples: Many people consider clowns, jokes, comedies, pranks, and Internet memes to be funny. These things cause most people to laugh.

Used in a sentence: The comedian knew a lot of funny jokes. 

Funny also describes someone who is trying to get others to laugh or is trying to amuse them. This sense of funny is a synonym of facetious.

Used in a sentence: Joan took the comment as an insult even though Luke was just trying to be funny. 

Funny also describes someone or something that is suspicious or underhanded. You might use this sense when you think something dishonest is going on. The phrase funny business is used in this sense to refer to criminal or unethical activity.

Real-life examples: Rigged carnival games, overly friendly salespeople, and deals that seem too good to be true often cause people to think something funny is going on.

Used in a sentence: We think something funny is going on at that store on the corner that is never open.

Funny can also describe something that is strange, odd, or curious.

Real-life examples: If your leg falls asleep, you will probably walk funny. Two tomatoes that grow together to make one tomato might have a funny shape.

Used in a sentence: I think the speakers might be broken because the music sounds funny. 

Where does funny come from?

The first records of funny come from the 1750s. It comes from a combination of the word fun, meaning “enjoyment or amusement,” and the suffix -y, which means “characterized by” or “bringing about.”

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What are some other forms related to funny?

  • funnily (adverb)
  • funniness (noun)
  • unfunnily (adverb)
  • unfunniness (noun)

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How is funny used in real life?

Funny is a very common word with several different meanings. It is most often used to mean something or someone that makes people laugh.



Try using funny!

If something is funny, it will most likely cause you to:

A. cry
B. laugh
C. scream
D. think

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 of funny

funnily, adverbfunniness, noun
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