funny bone

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a sense of humor.

Origin of funny bone

First recorded in 1830–40
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Related Words for funny bone

elbow

Examples from the Web for funny bone

Historical Examples of funny bone

  • "Reckon I've got a funny-bone in my head," he said impatiently.

  • 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

    Dorothy Canfield

  • 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

    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for funny bone

funny bone

noun
  1. 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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funny bone in Medicine

funny bone

[fŭnē]
n.
  1. A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a tingling sensation if knocked against bone.
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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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