Definition of Funny

1. Noun. An account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line). "She made a funny"

Exact synonyms: Funny Remark, Funny Story, Good Story
Generic synonyms: Gag, Jape, Jest, Joke, Laugh

2. Adjective. Arousing or provoking laughter. "Risible courtroom antics"

3. Adjective. Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected. "Singular behavior"

4. Adjective. Not as expected. "Suspicious behavior"
Exact synonyms: Fishy, Shady, Suspect, Suspicious
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Questionable
Derivative terms: Suspiciousness

5. Adjective. Experiencing odd bodily sensations. "Told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest"
Similar to: Ill, Sick

Definition of Funny

1. a. Droll; comical; amusing; laughable.

2. n. A clinkerbuit, narrow boat for sculling.

Definition of Funny

1. Adjective. amusing; humorous; comical (defdate from the mid-18th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. strange or unusual, often implying unpleasant (defdate from the early 19th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (humorous) A joke. ¹

4. Noun. (British) A narrow boat for sculling. ¹

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Definition of Funny

1. causing laughter or amusement [adj -NIER, -NIEST] : FUNNILY [adv] / a comic strip [n -NIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Funny

funnily enough
funny bone
funny bones
funny book
funny books
funny car
funny cars
funny farm
funny farms
funny ha-ha
funny ha ha
funny house
funny money
funny pages

Literary usage of Funny

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"As an attributive adjective, fun is not often found in elevated contexts; as a quasi-predicate adjective, it is found in all contexts. funny It is a bit ..."

2. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1904)
"THE funny MAN'S FREAK. ... He grinned in a "well-if-I-must" sort of way, and wondered if there ever was a funny man, he wouldn't dignify himself by the name ..."

3. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... and Nerissa do the same, up and down R. This stage business is funny if done quietly; but it must not be too boisterous. ..."

4. Putnam's Magazine (1908)
"By GILSON GARDNER HY is a joke funny? As this question has been flunked by all ... It might be supposed that things are funny simply because they are wrong. ..."

5. Little-folk Lyrics by Frank Dempster Sherman (1897)
"A funny FELLOW THERE is a funny fellow Who goes by every day : When sad, his voice is mellow, ... He certainly is funny, For, when I can go out, ..."

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