adjective, fun·ni·er, fun·ni·est.
noun, plural fun·nies.
- comic strips.
- Also called funny paper. the section of a newspaper reserved for comic strips, word games, etc.
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OTHER WORDS FROM funnyfun·ni·ly, adverbfun·ni·ness, nounun·fun·ni·ly, adverbun·fun·ni·ness, noun
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Definition for funny (2 of 2)
noun, plural fun·nies.
Origin of funny2
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?
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What are some other forms related to funny?
- funnily (adverb)
- funniness (noun)
- unfunnily (adverb)
- unfunniness (noun)
What are some synonyms for funny?
What are some words that share a root or word element with funny?
What are some words that often get used in discussing funny?
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.
Meet the Parents is such a funny movie
— Deligracy (@Deligracy) November 12, 2019
Ooooh something funny is happening to my mentions. And I mean funny weird and not funny ha ha!
— Maria Duffy (@mduffywriter) April 19, 2011
Been wondering why my apple juice tastes funny. I just noticed the bottle says, "with grape"…..oh.
— cat (@catrific) December 6, 2014
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Example sentences from the Web for funny
The hashtag itself also has to be memorable, funny or otherwise worth sharing.Deep Dive: How the Summer of 2020 forced brand marketing to change for the better|jim cooper|September 14, 2020|Digiday
Maybe there are a few poems or funny stories written by the contributors.The Joy of Cooking Other People’s ‘Secret Family Recipes’|Amy McCarthy|September 11, 2020|Eater
Given how ubiquitous Uber and other ride-sharing services have become, it’s funny to think they weren’t even around ten years ago.Uber Wants to Go All-Electric by 2030. It Won’t Be Easy|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|September 10, 2020|Singularity Hub
In quarantine, though, his show has become something to see most nights, even when it’s not particularly funny.One Good Thing: Stephen Colbert is looser, funnier, and angrier in quarantine|Emily VanDerWerff|September 4, 2020|Vox
As you might expect, the Sense also comes equipped with an ECG sensor that can help monitor your heart rhythm if you feel like something funny is going on.The new Fitbit knows when you’re stressed—and how to help you chill|Stan Horaczek|August 26, 2020|Popular Science
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’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The taste of metal cutlery after years of plastic can also taste funny.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
May looked along at the dimpled grace, And then at the saint-like, fair old face, “How funny!”
We were speaking of the faculty of mimicry, and he told me such a funny little anecdote about Chopin.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
He looked up, half shutting his one funny eye, and cocking one ear up, and letting the other droop down.
I am an easiful old pagan, and I am not angry with you at all—you funny, little champion of the Most High.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
He walked first to one side, and then the other, rooting in the dirt with his funny, rubbery nose.
British Dictionary definitions for funny
adjective -nier or -niest
noun plural -nies
Derived forms of funnyfunnily, adverbfunniness, noun
Idioms and Phrases with funny
In addition to the idioms beginning with funny
- funny bone
- funny business
- funny money
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