Definition of funny in US English:

funny

adjective

  • 1Causing laughter or amusement; humorous.

    ‘a funny story’
    ‘the play is hilariously funny’
    • ‘The jokes are not as funny; the stories not as entertaining; the scripts a bit stale.’
    • ‘On that note, she says her course will give students a ‘toolbox’ of skills for transforming a funny story into a routine that works.’
    • ‘The film is positive in its portrayal of Down's syndrome, and Roberta is superbly acted as a funny, humorous, and lovable character.’
    • ‘We have people that laugh, and so they call and tell us their funny, humorous stories.’
    • ‘Her unapologetic and absolutely funny stories almost made me want to run out to a bar and drag someone home with me.’
    • ‘Some hospitals now have special rooms, where patients can go to read humorous books and watch funny videos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The previous week was a bit better: humorous but not actually funny.’
    • ‘She could also be light-hearted and uproariously funny.’
    • ‘He was caring and he could keep you entertained with his funny stories and wonderful sense of fun.’
    • ‘But many of the stories are also hilariously funny, deeply celebratory, or just plain quirky.’
    • ‘About that funny story, we were in Las Vegas and were gambling.’
    • ‘Michael, your note makes me think of the everyday action of telling friends stories - especially funny ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No funny stories, no amusing anecdotes just a proud Dad sending his baby off into the big wide world of further education.’
    • ‘He writes stories which are funny almost by accident.’
    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’
    ‘the funny thing is I can't remember much about it’
    ‘that's funny!—that vase of flowers has been moved’
    • ‘Another funny thing I noticed was his phobia to cross roads.’
    • ‘Status is a funny thing, especially considering that today's must-have trappings are likely to seem ridiculous to future generations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The funny thing about emotion, though, is that you can't send it away.’
    • ‘Family movies are a funny thing - and when I say family movies, I mean movies about families, not movies for families.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A funny thing to hear from a conservative, they might conclude.’
    • ‘The funny thing, is I'm not really angry at the guy either.’
    • ‘Of course, the funny thing about this is that I remember chasing after my own car.’
    • ‘It's a funny thing about living in New York City - all these windows facing windows, lives facing lives.’
    • ‘It's a funny old world, as Margaret Thatcher once said.’
    • ‘So it's a funny thing that the U.S. government is officially antitrust.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘It's a funny thing, this business,’ he explains with a self-conscious grin.’
    • ‘I'm always saying to my sister, ‘Come and look at this funny thing I found on the internet.’’
    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’
    • ‘He writes something with great care on the margin of the funnies.’
    • ‘Shortly after reading the Sunday funnies this morning, I totally smashed my toe on a suitcase left in an inappropriate place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone who reads blogs reads them for the commentary; not the sports, not the funnies and not the coupons.’
    • ‘I gravitated to comics really early on, like the funnies in the newspaper like Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Nancy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘God, it's so obvious you know,’ Cody states, glancing up from his precious funnies to look at me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But most of all you are reminded of comic books, comic strips, the funnies - Krazy Kat, Mutt and Jeff.’
    • ‘We found our names hidden in the artwork of the Sunday funnies.’
    • ‘Speaking of statements, have the funnies always been so political?’
    • ‘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

  • see the funny side (of something)

    • Appreciate the humorous aspect of a situation or experience.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was always the first to see the funny side of any situation and his smile lit up any room he entered.’
      • ‘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.’
  • very funny!

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

Pronunciation

funny

/ˈfəni//ˈfənē/