Definition of funny bone in English:

funny bone


  • 1The part of the elbow over which the ulnar nerve passes. A knock on the funny bone may cause numbness and pain along the forearm and hand.

    • ‘I squeezed my fingers trying to get the tingly feeling of hitting my funny bone.’
    • ‘Casey's right elbow hit something solid and she bit her lip, feeling the nerve in her arm, her funny bone, twinge.’
    • ‘I threw myself onto a stool and in the process, not only really hurt my butt, but also hit my funny bone.’
    • ‘I'm here to say, would you all pick up your elbow and whack your funny bone and feel that pain that stops you in your tracks from doing what you're doing?’
    • ‘Instead, it sent his elbow into a nerve shock as he felt his funny bone go haywire.’
    • ‘Come on, people, let's put the hurt on some funny bones!’
    • ‘My entire forearm, elbow to fingertips, was tingling like I'd hit my funny bone.’
    • ‘He grabbed it and rubbed his funny bone vigorously until the pain ebbed.’
    • ‘Lovejoy started to feel a funny bone type sensation in his thumb.’
    • ‘You hit your funny bone and your arm goes numb (it has happened).’
    • ‘Sky High nudges your funny bone and then stands back with a hearty grin and says, ‘No offence, buddy.’’
    • ‘Likewise, plenty of medical research goes into looking at the problems of fracturing a bone, but little is done towards researching the effects of the funny bone.’
    • ‘A tap to the right spot behind the elbow, the so-called funny bone, can cause pain and tingling sensations to shoot down your forearm.’
    • ‘I tried to give him the thumbs up but banged my funny bone on the pole and had to shriek in pain.’
    • ‘So my first thought and the first doctors that saw me thought it might be some physiological thing, like I hit my funny bone for something.’
    1. 1.1A person's sense of humor, as located in an imaginary physical organ.
      ‘photographs to jostle the mind and the funny bone’
      • ‘Executives from some of the country's blue-chip companies dress up in silly wigs and clothes in an attempt to locate their funny bones and get rid of their pent-up feelings.’
      • ‘No amount of cajoling can tickle someone's funny bone if the inherent sense of humor needed for that type of joke just isn't there.’
      • ‘He is intrigued by her wry tone, uncertain of her sincerity, their funny bones still not comfortably connected.’


funny bone

/ˈfəni ˌbōn/