Definition of funny in English:

funny

adjective

  • 1Causing laughter or amusement; humorous.

    ‘a funny story’
    ‘the play is hilariously funny’
    • ‘The previous week was a bit better: humorous but not actually funny.’
    • ‘The film is positive in its portrayal of Down's syndrome, and Roberta is superbly acted as a funny, humorous, and lovable character.’
    • ‘The jokes are not as funny; the stories not as entertaining; the scripts a bit stale.’
    • ‘He was caring and he could keep you entertained with his funny stories and wonderful sense of fun.’
    • ‘Some hospitals now have special rooms, where patients can go to read humorous books and watch funny videos.’
    • ‘We have people that laugh, and so they call and tell us their funny, humorous stories.’
    • ‘About that funny story, we were in Las Vegas and were gambling.’
    • ‘Her unapologetic and absolutely funny stories almost made me want to run out to a bar and drag someone home with me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His witty introductions, funny stories and anecdotes kept the crowds smiling throughout.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Michael, your note makes me think of the everyday action of telling friends stories - especially funny ones.’
    • ‘On that note, she says her course will give students a ‘toolbox’ of skills for transforming a funny story into a routine that works.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He writes stories which are funny almost by accident.’
    • ‘No funny stories, no amusing anecdotes just a proud Dad sending his baby off into the big wide world of further education.’
    • ‘His wacky personality seems anything but morbid in the film, where he mugs for the camera and tells funny stories about his life.’
    • ‘He had an amazing talent of exaggerating events that wouldn't even seem funny, into hilarious stories.’
    • ‘She could also be light-hearted and uproariously funny.’
    amusing, humorous, comic, comical, droll, laughable, chucklesome
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    1. 1.1informal predicative, with negative Used to emphasize that something is serious or should be taken seriously.
      ‘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 odd.

    ‘I had a funny feeling you'd be around’
    ‘it's a funny old world’
    ‘I do get some funny looks’
    ‘the funny thing is I can't remember much about it’
    ‘that's funny!—that vase of flowers has been moved’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm always saying to my sister, ‘Come and look at this funny thing I found on the internet.’’
    • ‘Family movies are a funny thing - and when I say family movies, I mean movies about families, not movies for families.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the funny thing we got married and that's also the day of her birthday.’
    • ‘So it's a funny thing that the U.S. government is officially antitrust.’
    • ‘The funny thing, is I'm not really angry at the guy either.’
    • ‘The funny thing about emotion, though, is that you can't send it away.’
    • ‘Of course, the funny thing about this is that I remember chasing after my own car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘It's a funny thing, this business,’ he explains with a self-conscious grin.’
    • ‘It's a funny thing about living in New York City - all these windows facing windows, lives facing lives.’
    • ‘Status is a funny thing, especially considering that today's must-have trappings are likely to seem ridiculous to future generations.’
    • ‘It's a funny old world, as Margaret Thatcher once said.’
    • ‘Journalism's a funny thing: we don't have to pass any tests to work as reporters, and we can't be disbarred.’
    • ‘A funny thing to hear from a conservative, they might conclude.’
    • ‘Power is a funny thing, and it's dangerous to confuse it with other things, like celebrity.’
    • ‘It would seem to me that it is a funny old world.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 2.2informal Slightly but undefinably unwell.
      ‘suddenly my stomach felt funny’
      ‘Are you okay? You look a bit funny’
      unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish
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noun

  • 1funniesNorth American Comic strips in newspapers.

    ‘I read the sports page, funnies, and editorial’
    • ‘Speaking of statements, have the funnies always been so political?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Luke Wright says comics have come a long way from the back page funnies.’
    • ‘I gravitated to comics really early on, like the funnies in the newspaper like Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Nancy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I remember the hallway where I ducked in had newspaper funnies stuck up on the doorways.’
    • ‘Looks like I've got another web cartoon to add to my list of daily funnies: Sluggy Freelance’
    • ‘Everyone who reads blogs reads them for the commentary; not the sports, not the funnies and not the coupons.’
    • ‘‘God, it's so obvious you know,’ Cody states, glancing up from his precious funnies to look at me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was wrapped very badly in the Sunday funnies in the newspaper.’
    • ‘Some will say the funnies will not sound ‘real’ if the speech is correct.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Metropolitan Sunday Newspapers study found that 113 million Americans (86 million adults and 27 million kids) read the funnies.’
    • ‘We found our names hidden in the artwork of the Sunday funnies.’
    • ‘Make sure you read the funnies to each other and you must use appropriate voices for different characters!’
    • ‘Wrap presents in recycled paper, old calendars, outdated maps, the Sunday funnies, or children's artwork.’
  • 2informal A joke or witty remark.

    ‘I was trying to make a funny, but failed miserably’
    ‘he regaled his hosts with a few funnies’

Phrases

  • funny ha-ha

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

      ‘‘Funny ha-ha,’ Robbie said, ‘or funny peculiar?’’
      • ‘I still got a funny feeling about all this, and I don't mean funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By this I mean both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather they convey an image of Ireland as a fey, mysterious place where funny things happen - funny strange and funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘This cartoon may be more funny-odd than funny ha-ha, but it's original and starkly captivating.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Funny ha-ha and funny peculiar at the same time.’
      • ‘Er… by that, I mean funny strange, not funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘This is called a black comedy, but it's not funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘These stories are of the funny peculiar rather than the funny ha-ha variety.’
      • ‘It is usually nice to know which kind of ‘funny’ is being referred to, and this story is about ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I suggest cultivating the ability to see the funny side of this situation, it's there if you look hard enough.’
      • ‘He was always the first to see the funny side of any situation and his smile lit up any room he entered.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’’

Pronunciation

funny

/ˈfʌni/