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noun
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.
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Origin of funny bone

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for funny bone

funny bone

noun
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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with funny bone

funny bone

1

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]

2

A sense of humor, as in That comedian really tickles my funny bone. This expression is derived from def. 1.

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