Definition of funny in English:



  • 1Causing laughter or amusement; humorous:

    ‘a funny story’
    ‘the play is hilariously funny’
    • ‘He writes stories which are funny almost by accident.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She could also be light-hearted and uproariously funny.’
    • ‘He had an amazing talent of exaggerating events that wouldn't even seem funny, into hilarious stories.’
    • ‘His wacky personality seems anything but morbid in the film, where he mugs for the camera and tells funny stories about his life.’
    • ‘We have people that laugh, and so they call and tell us their funny, humorous stories.’
    • ‘Michael, your note makes me think of the everyday action of telling friends stories - especially funny ones.’
    • ‘But many of the stories are also hilariously funny, deeply celebratory, or just plain quirky.’
    • ‘The previous week was a bit better: humorous but not actually funny.’
    • ‘His witty introductions, funny stories and anecdotes kept the crowds smiling throughout.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No funny stories, no amusing anecdotes just a proud Dad sending his baby off into the big wide world of further education.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some hospitals now have special rooms, where patients can go to read humorous books and watch funny videos.’
    • ‘The film is positive in its portrayal of Down's syndrome, and Roberta is superbly acted as a funny, humorous, and lovable character.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm always saying to my sister, ‘Come and look at this funny thing I found on the internet.’’
    • ‘So it's a funny thing that the U.S. government is officially antitrust.’
    • ‘Family movies are a funny thing - and when I say family movies, I mean movies about families, not movies for families.’
    • ‘A funny thing to hear from a conservative, they might conclude.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, the funny thing about this is that I remember chasing after my own car.’
    • ‘Power is a funny thing, and it's dangerous to confuse it with other things, like celebrity.’
    • ‘Journalism's a funny thing: we don't have to pass any tests to work as reporters, and we can't be disbarred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a funny thing about living in New York City - all these windows facing windows, lives facing lives.’
    • ‘And the funny thing we got married and that's also the day of her birthday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 thing, this business,’ he explains with a self-conscious grin.’
    • ‘It's a funny old world, as Margaret Thatcher once said.’
    • ‘The funny thing about emotion, though, is that you can't send it away.’
    • ‘The funny thing, is I'm not really angry at the guy either.’
    • ‘Another funny thing I noticed was his phobia to cross roads.’
    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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘In fact, it's funny how distracting the least interesting things are when you're at a lecture.’
      • ‘The funny thing was the fact that he thought Qane loved him.’
      • ‘Me neither, but it's funny the kind of surprises you run into.’
      • ‘The funny thing is I am still surprised, hearing the words.’
      • ‘What is funny is the fact that I received this global e-mail in my university e-mail inbox this morning.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was in York recently for some bash or other and regaled his hosts with a few funnies.’
    • ‘I cracked a few funnies and the assembled throng all guffawed maniacally.’
    • ‘He cracks funnies about his friends and coworkers at his office this time.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Which reminds me of one of my favourite Woody Allen funnies.’
    • ‘Sure, he was supremely polished and slick, but the content was like a soggy trifle, with precious few funnies for the diners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frances, songwriter and head honcho, cracks the funnies, at her own expense as well as her colleagues.’
    • ‘Hot off the email funnies comes possibly the best chicken joke ever?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, this has been another killer week for me, and therefore no funnies this time.’
    • ‘I'm hoping for a Reader's Digest; the funnies might help me relax.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I came across some funnies that appeal to my very English sense of humour.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1North American The comic strips in newspapers:
      ‘I read the sports page, funnies, and editorial’
      • ‘Everyone who reads blogs reads them for the commentary; not the sports, not the funnies and not the coupons.’
      • ‘It was wrapped very badly in the Sunday funnies in the newspaper.’
      • ‘We found our names hidden in the artwork of the Sunday funnies.’
      • ‘Shortly after reading the Sunday funnies this morning, I totally smashed my toe on a suitcase left in an inappropriate place.’
      • ‘Make sure you read the funnies to each other and you must use appropriate voices for different characters!’
      • ‘But most of all you are reminded of comic books, comic strips, the funnies - Krazy Kat, Mutt and Jeff.’
      • ‘Wrap presents in recycled paper, old calendars, outdated maps, the Sunday funnies, or children's artwork.’
      • ‘Speaking of statements, have the funnies always been so political?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, the real funnies are on the front pages of most papers these days.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Luke Wright says comics have come a long way from the back page funnies.’
      • ‘I remember the hallway where I ducked in had newspaper funnies stuck up on the doorways.’
      • ‘I gravitated to comics really early on, like the funnies in the newspaper like Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Nancy.’
      • ‘Looks like I've got another web cartoon to add to my list of daily funnies: Sluggy Freelance’
      • ‘A Metropolitan Sunday Newspapers study found that 113 million Americans (86 million adults and 27 million kids) read the funnies.’
      • ‘He writes something with great care on the margin of the funnies.’