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adjective,fun·ni·er, fun·ni·est.
  1. providing fun; causing amusement or laughter; amusing; comical: a funny remark;a funny person.

  2. attempting to amuse; facetious: Did you really mean that or were you just being funny?

  1. warranting suspicion; deceitful; underhanded: We thought there was something funny about those extra charges.

  2. Informal. insolent; impertinent: Don't get funny with me, young man!

  3. curious; strange; peculiar; odd: Her speech has a funny twang.

noun,plural fun·nies.
  1. Informal. a funny remark or story; a joke: to make a funny.

  2. funnies,

Origin of funny

First recorded in 1730–40; 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.

Other words for funny

Other words from funny

  • fun·ni·ly, adverb
  • fun·ni·ness, noun
  • un·fun·ni·ly, adverb
  • un·fun·ni·ness, noun

Words Nearby funny

Other definitions for funny (2 of 2)

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noun,plural fun·nies.
  1. a shell or light skiff rowed by one person with sculls.

Origin of funny

First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps jocular use of funny1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use funny in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for funny


/ (ˈfʌnɪ) /

adjective-nier or -niest
  1. causing amusement or laughter; humorous; comical

  2. peculiar; odd

  1. suspicious or dubious (esp in the phrase funny business)

  2. informal faint or ill: to feel funny

nounplural -nies
  1. informal a joke or witticism

Derived forms of funny

  • funnily, adverb
  • funniness, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with funny


In addition to the idioms beginning with funny

  • funny bone
  • funny business
  • funny money

, also see under

  • fun

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