Definition of funny in English:

funny

adjectivefunnier, funniest

  • 1Causing laughter or amusement; humorous.

    ‘a funny story’
    ‘the play is hilariously funny’
    • ‘We have people that laugh, and so they call and tell us their funny, humorous stories.’
    • ‘He was caring and he could keep you entertained with his funny stories and wonderful sense of fun.’
    • ‘His witty introductions, funny stories and anecdotes kept the crowds smiling throughout.’
    • ‘No funny stories, no amusing anecdotes just a proud Dad sending his baby off into the big wide world of further education.’
    • ‘But many of the stories are also hilariously funny, deeply celebratory, or just plain quirky.’
    • ‘He had an amazing talent of exaggerating events that wouldn't even seem funny, into hilarious stories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The film is positive in its portrayal of Down's syndrome, and Roberta is superbly acted as a funny, humorous, and lovable character.’
    • ‘Some hospitals now have special rooms, where patients can go to read humorous books and watch funny videos.’
    • ‘The jokes are not as funny; the stories not as entertaining; the scripts a bit stale.’
    • ‘She could also be light-hearted and uproariously 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.’
    • ‘On that note, she says her course will give students a ‘toolbox’ of skills for transforming a funny story into a routine that works.’
    • ‘Michael, your note makes me think of the everyday action of telling friends stories - especially funny ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    ‘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’
    • ‘‘It's a funny thing, this business,’ he explains with a self-conscious grin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Power is a funny thing, and it's dangerous to confuse it with other things, like celebrity.’
    • ‘It's a funny old world, as Margaret Thatcher once said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A funny thing to hear from a conservative, they might conclude.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘It would seem to me that it is a funny old world.’
    • ‘Journalism's a funny thing: we don't have to pass any tests to work as reporters, and we can't be disbarred.’
    • ‘The funny thing, is I'm not really angry at the guy either.’
    • ‘Status is a funny thing, especially considering that today's must-have trappings are likely to seem ridiculous to future generations.’
    • ‘Family movies are a funny thing - and when I say family movies, I mean movies about families, not movies for families.’
    • ‘The funny thing about emotion, though, is that you can't send it away.’
    • ‘It's a funny thing about living in New York City - all these windows facing windows, lives facing lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So it's a funny thing that the U.S. government is officially antitrust.’
    • ‘Another funny thing I noticed was his phobia to cross roads.’
    • ‘And the funny thing we got married and that's also the day of her birthday.’
    1. 2.1Unusual, 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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nounfunnies

  • 1funniesNorth American Comic strips in newspapers.

    ‘I read the sports page, funnies, and editorial’
  • 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?’’
      • ‘Rather they convey an image of Ireland as a fey, mysterious place where funny things happen - funny strange and funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘Er… by that, I mean funny strange, not funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By this I mean both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar.’
      • ‘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 is called a black comedy, but it's not funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I still got a funny feeling about all this, and I don't mean funny ha-ha.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is usually nice to know which kind of ‘funny’ is being referred to, and this story is about ‘funny peculiar’.’
    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’
      • ‘I'm not being funny, but if he goes on like this we'll have real trouble keeping hold of him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Look, I'm not being funny, but it is a bit poor saying you have fallen in love with a girl you hardly know.’
      • ‘Now I'm not being funny, but isn't Public Relations supposed to be about word of mouth?’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.

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

Pronunciation

funny

/ˈfʌni/