- the part of the elbow where the ulnar nerve passes by the internal condyle of the humerus, which when struck causes a peculiar, tingling sensation in the arm and hand; crazy bone.
- a sense of humor.
Origin of funny bone
Examples from the Web for funny bone
"Reckon I've got a funny-bone in my head," he said impatiently.Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party
C. E. Jacobs
You must have knocked your funny-bone against the edge of the counter.Old and New Paris, v. 1
Henry Sutherland Edwards
He landed on the funny-bone of a boy struggling with Marty for the ball.Rough-Hewn
The General chuckled suddenly, as if something had hit his funny-bone.The Militants
Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
Before I knew how it came about the pipe case had quitted my hand, which was caught close to the funny-bone and tingled horribly.From Sea to Sea
- the area near the elbow where the ulnar nerve is close to the surface of the skin: when it is struck, a sharp tingling sensation is experienced along the forearm and handAlso called (US): crazy bone
- A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a tingling sensation if knocked against bone.
Idioms and Phrases with funny bone
A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a sharp tingling sensation when knocked against the bone. For example, Ouch! I just banged my funny bone. The expression is a pun on humerus (pronounced the same as humorous), the Latin name for the long bone of the arm. [Early 1800s]
A sense of humor, as in That comedian really tickles my funny bone. This expression is derived from def. 1.