Definition of funny in English:



  • 1Causing laughter or amusement; humorous.

    ‘a funny story’
    ‘the play is hilariously funny’
    • ‘Her unapologetic and absolutely funny stories almost made me want to run out to a bar and drag someone home with me.’
    • ‘No funny stories, no amusing anecdotes just a proud Dad sending his baby off into the big wide world of further education.’
    • ‘On that note, she says her course will give students a ‘toolbox’ of skills for transforming a funny story into a routine that works.’
    • ‘He was caring and he could keep you entertained with his funny stories and wonderful sense of fun.’
    • ‘We have people that laugh, and so they call and tell us their funny, humorous stories.’
    • ‘His wacky personality seems anything but morbid in the film, where he mugs for the camera and tells funny stories about his life.’
    • ‘His witty introductions, funny stories and anecdotes kept the crowds smiling throughout.’
    • ‘Sam begins to tell a hilariously funny story about taking the test we just got back, and David adds in a few biting comments of his own.’
    • ‘She could also be light-hearted and uproariously funny.’
    • ‘Michael, your note makes me think of the everyday action of telling friends stories - especially funny ones.’
    • ‘The film is positive in its portrayal of Down's syndrome, and Roberta is superbly acted as a funny, humorous, and lovable character.’
    • ‘But many of the stories are also hilariously funny, deeply celebratory, or just plain quirky.’
    • ‘In my endless pursuit of funny stories about Eskimo words for snow, I've found friends who will send me absurd comics about it, too.’
    • ‘Some hospitals now have special rooms, where patients can go to read humorous books and watch funny videos.’
    • ‘The previous week was a bit better: humorous but not actually funny.’
    • ‘As well as giving a detailed portfolio of all the contestants Liam also kept everyone in high spirits with his funny stories and famous race and match commentaries.’
    • ‘The jokes are not as funny; the stories not as entertaining; the scripts a bit stale.’
    • ‘He had an amazing talent of exaggerating events that wouldn't even seem funny, into hilarious stories.’
    • ‘He writes stories which are funny almost by accident.’
    • ‘About that funny story, we were in Las Vegas and were gambling.’
    amusing, humorous, comic, comical, droll, laughable, chucklesome
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    1. 1.1informal predicative, with negative Used to emphasize that something is unpleasant or wrong and should be regarded seriously or avoided.
      ‘stealing other people's work isn't funny’
      • ‘A Royal Mail spokesman insists that this is a serious problem and not funny at all.’
  • 2Difficult to explain or understand; strange or curious.

    ‘I had a funny feeling you'd be around’
    • ‘It's a funny thing about living in New York City - all these windows facing windows, lives facing lives.’
    • ‘Power is a funny thing, and it's dangerous to confuse it with other things, like celebrity.’
    • ‘And the funny thing we got married and that's also the day of her birthday.’
    • ‘The funny thing about emotion, though, is that you can't send it away.’
    • ‘In some ways, she was better, by temperament, she was better poised to be a royal than the queen, which is a funny thing when you kind of think about it.’
    • ‘Another funny thing I noticed was his phobia to cross roads.’
    • ‘Even though I'd eaten a few hours ago, appetite in the Andes is a funny thing and a little goes a long way, so my breakfast of potatoes was still weighing heavily on my stomach.’
    • ‘A funny thing to hear from a conservative, they might conclude.’
    • ‘The funny thing, is I'm not really angry at the guy either.’
    • ‘So it's a funny thing that the U.S. government is officially antitrust.’
    • ‘‘It's a funny thing, this business,’ he explains with a self-conscious grin.’
    • ‘Status is a funny thing, especially considering that today's must-have trappings are likely to seem ridiculous to future generations.’
    • ‘Of course, the funny thing about this is that I remember chasing after my own car.’
    • ‘I'm always saying to my sister, ‘Come and look at this funny thing I found on the internet.’’
    • ‘It's kind of hard to tell though, and the funny thing about exams is, the moment you come out of the room you just don't care about them any more.’
    • ‘People now know me far more for this website than for my magazine journalism - which is a funny thing on many levels, but I guess okay.’
    • ‘Journalism's a funny thing: we don't have to pass any tests to work as reporters, and we can't be disbarred.’
    • ‘Family movies are a funny thing - and when I say family movies, I mean movies about families, not movies for families.’
    • ‘It would seem to me that it is a funny old world.’
    • ‘It's a funny old world, as Margaret Thatcher once said.’
    1. 2.1 Unusual, especially in such a way as to arouse suspicion.
      ‘there was something funny going on’
      • ‘Suspicion crept into my mind and I had a funny feeling that she knew I didn't go to the movies.’
      strange, peculiar, odd, queer, weird, bizarre, curious, freakish, freak, quirky
      suspicious, suspect, dubious, untrustworthy, questionable
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    2. 2.2 Used to draw attention to or express surprise at a curious or interesting fact or occurrence.
      ‘it's funny how there are fashions in crime’
      ‘that's funny!—that vase of flowers has been moved’
      ‘the funny thing is I can't remember much about it’
      • ‘You know, the funny thing is that I don't draw that distinction for myself so much so as for others.’
      • ‘The funny thing is I am still surprised, hearing the words.’
      • ‘In fact, it's funny how distracting the least interesting things are when you're at a lecture.’
      • ‘Me neither, but it's funny the kind of surprises you run into.’
      • ‘Look, the funny thing is that four years after the fact I think many of our colleagues were saying: Do you want to know something?’
      • ‘What is funny is the fact that I received this global e-mail in my university e-mail inbox this morning.’
      • ‘The funny thing was the fact that he thought Qane loved him.’
    3. 2.3informal (of a person or part of the body) not in wholly good health or order; slightly ill.
      ‘my eyes go all funny after a bit’
      unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish
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    4. 2.4British informal Slightly deranged or eccentric.
      ‘I heard she'd gone a bit funny’
      • ‘It seems that corporations would want good problem-solvers, even if they were eccentric and dressed funny.’
      • ‘I feel like my life is surrounded by people who are totally deranged and totally funny.’


  • 1Amusing jokes.

    ‘the training courses usually produced a good crop of funnies’
    • ‘However, this has been another killer week for me, and therefore no funnies this time.’
    • ‘He cracks funnies about his friends and coworkers at his office this time.’
    • ‘There were 4 or 5 funnies in it too, but, as is normally the case when I've had a manic week, my memory isn't functioning well, and I honestly can't remember what they were.’
    • ‘Looking healthy despite his jet-lag and lack of sleep, he cracks funnies between songs and enthuses about his in-progress new album (which, by the sounds of things, will be more politically-informed than ever).’
    • ‘Sure, he was supremely polished and slick, but the content was like a soggy trifle, with precious few funnies for the diners.’
    • ‘He was in York recently for some bash or other and regaled his hosts with a few funnies.’
    • ‘There aren't many chief executives who, three weeks into their new job, are relaxed enough to crack a few funnies.’
    • ‘What was I doing when the funnies started to happen?’
    • ‘I cracked a few funnies and the assembled throng all guffawed maniacally.’
    • ‘The best and worst of our exceedingly odd times are reflected in the end-of-the-year funnies, with grumpiness, cross-dressing, political rage and celebrity obsession emerging as dominant themes.’
    • ‘I guess like most Americans I wait to have history played back to me in the papers, at the movies or on television, my own experiences of the time being lost somewhere amongst the commercial breaks and the funnies.’
    • ‘I'm hoping for a Reader's Digest; the funnies might help me relax.’
    • ‘And although there are some good gags, such as the one about death by Kay's catalogue, there are too many cheap funnies about thong underwear.’
    • ‘Which reminds me of one of my favourite Woody Allen funnies.’
    • ‘Reid cracked a few funnies, but the heavy weight of his office prevented a repeat of a hilarious, near-the-knuckle speech at the same venue at a CBI dinner two years ago.’
    • ‘Joanne said: ‘I'm delighted to have won this award although in accepting it the pressure's now on to come up with some funnies.’’
    • ‘Hot off the email funnies comes possibly the best chicken joke ever?’
    • ‘Frances, songwriter and head honcho, cracks the funnies, at her own expense as well as her colleagues.’
    • ‘I came across some funnies that appeal to my very English sense of humour.’
    1. 1.1North American The comic strips in newspapers.
      ‘I read the sports page, funnies, and editorial’
      • ‘Wrap presents in recycled paper, old calendars, outdated maps, the Sunday funnies, or children's artwork.’
      • ‘We found our names hidden in the artwork of the Sunday funnies.’
      • ‘Some will say the funnies will not sound ‘real’ if the speech is correct.’
      • ‘‘God, it's so obvious you know,’ Cody states, glancing up from his precious funnies to look at me.’
      • ‘It was wrapped very badly in the Sunday funnies in the newspaper.’
      • ‘Looks like I've got another web cartoon to add to my list of daily funnies: Sluggy Freelance’
      • ‘However, as soon as they made their move for the mainstream the general public looked up from their newspaper, saw them, heard them, and went straight back to reading the funnies.’
      • ‘Speaking of statements, have the funnies always been so political?’
      • ‘Will read the funnies, answer my mail, finish writing a column, and then see if I can walk to Central Park North before I have to get ready for dinner.’
      • ‘But most of all you are reminded of comic books, comic strips, the funnies - Krazy Kat, Mutt and Jeff.’
      • ‘Of course, the real funnies are on the front pages of most papers these days.’
      • ‘A Metropolitan Sunday Newspapers study found that 113 million Americans (86 million adults and 27 million kids) read the funnies.’
      • ‘I gravitated to comics really early on, like the funnies in the newspaper like Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Nancy.’
      • ‘Luke Wright says comics have come a long way from the back page funnies.’
      • ‘Everyone who reads blogs reads them for the commentary; not the sports, not the funnies and not the coupons.’
      • ‘Make sure you read the funnies to each other and you must use appropriate voices for different characters!’
      • ‘I remember the hallway where I ducked in had newspaper funnies stuck up on the doorways.’
      • ‘Shortly after reading the Sunday funnies this morning, I totally smashed my toe on a suitcase left in an inappropriate place.’
      • ‘He writes something with great care on the margin of the funnies.’


  • funny ha-ha (or funny peculiar)

    • informal Amusing (or strange): used to distinguish the two main senses of ‘funny’

      ‘‘Funny ha-ha,’ Robbie said, ‘or funny peculiar?’’
      • ‘Rather they convey an image of Ireland as a fey, mysterious place where funny things happen - funny strange and funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘This is called a black comedy, but it's not funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘It is usually nice to know which kind of ‘funny’ is being referred to, and this story is about ‘funny peculiar’.’
      • ‘I still got a funny feeling about all this, and I don't mean funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘Funny ha-ha and funny peculiar at the same time.’
      • ‘I don't mean funny ha-ha, the kinds of things that wither and die under the scrutiny of the average dry or verging-on-non-existent sense of humour, but quirky.’
      • ‘This cartoon may be more funny-odd than funny ha-ha, but it's original and starkly captivating.’
      • ‘These stories are of the funny peculiar rather than the funny ha-ha variety.’
      • ‘How strange that people can find mirth in articles that contain so little as long as they have the impression that the author is a funny ha-ha joker.’
      • ‘That was funny, somehow, he knew it ought to be funny - funny ha-ha, not just strange - but he couldn't put the pieces together.’
      • ‘Er… by that, I mean funny strange, not funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘By this I mean both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar.’
      odd, strange, peculiar, unusual, funny, bizarre, queer, weird, curious, abnormal, singular
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  • I'm not being funny, but —

    • informal Used before a statement or suggestion to point out that it is serious, however facetious or strange it may seem.

      ‘I'm not being funny but I haven't got all day’
      • ‘Look, I'm not being funny, but it is a bit poor saying you have fallen in love with a girl you hardly know.’
      • ‘Once asked how he would like to be perceived by his public, he paused for thought then said: ‘I'm not being funny, but I'd settle for blind adoration.’’
      • ‘I'm not being funny, but I went round to his house and he had pictures of me everywhere.’
      • ‘Now I'm not being funny, but isn't Public Relations supposed to be about word of mouth?’
      • ‘I'm not being funny, but if he goes on like this we'll have real trouble keeping hold of him.’
  • see the funny side (of something)

    • Appreciate the humorous aspect of a situation or experience.

      ‘fortunately, the patient saw the funny side of the situation’
      • ‘Those who laugh out loud and see the funny side of difficult situations are far less likely to have a heart attack than humourless individuals, researchers found.’
      • ‘He was always the first to see the funny side of any situation and his smile lit up any room he entered.’
      • ‘Gerry was a wonderful conversationalist and always had the ability to see the funny side of any situation, and was well able to talk on a variety of topics with authority.’
      • ‘I suggest cultivating the ability to see the funny side of this situation, it's there if you look hard enough.’
      • ‘His willingness to help everyone and his inspiring wit and ability to see the funny side of all situations was a trait of his personality that was very special to all.’
  • (oh) very funny!

    • informal Used ironically to indicate that a speaker does not share another's joke or amusement.

      ‘‘D'yeh want a celery choc ice?’ ‘Very funny, I don't think.’’