- 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 funny
Not only had the iconic comedian sexually assaulted many, many women, Maher argued, “I never thought he was funny.”Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’
January 8, 2015
But as is her way, Kaling defended why the episode was not only funny, but necessary.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014
December 30, 2014
He was funny and self-effacing, though prone to fits of anger.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Pryor was famous for being funny, even as his life was far from funny.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
Thanks to Funny or Die, you can see the former 30 Rock actress do her best Peter Pan to hilarious effect.Watch Jane Krakowski's Secret Peter Pan Live! Audition Tape
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 2, 2014
Yet see now, these funny little animals on the surface of the spinning-ball.
It's funny—that's exactly what I told Aunt Cornelia about that—that man.
Let him talk, and hear you laugh when he was funny, and he was satisfied.Weighed and Wanting
Once she would have thought that that was funny; now it seemed very touching to her.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Aunt is so funny, not to have guessed who wrote the Star article.The Bacillus of Beauty
- 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 funny
"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 funny
In addition to the idioms beginning with funny
- funny bone
- funny business
- funny money
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