1 [fuhn-ee]
adjective, funnier, funniest.
providing fun; causing amusement or laughter; amusing; comical: a funny remark; a funny person.
attempting to amuse; facetious: Did you really mean that or were you just being funny?
warranting suspicion; deceitful; underhanded: We thought there was something funny about those extra charges.
Informal. insolent; impertinent: Don't get funny with me, young man!
curious; strange; peculiar; odd: Her speech has a funny twang.
noun, plural funnies.
Informal. a funny remark or story; a joke: to make a funny.
comic strips.
Also called funny paper. the section of a newspaper reserved for comic strips, word games, etc.

1750–60; fun + -y1

funnily, adverb
funniness, noun
unfunnily, adverb
unfunniness, noun

1. diverting, comic, farcical, ridiculous, droll, witty, facetious, humorous. Funny, laughable, ludicrous refer to that which excites laughter. Funny and laughable are both applied to that which provokes laughter or deserves to be laughed at; funny is a colloquial term loosely applied and in popular use is commonly interchangeable with the other terms: a funny story, scene, joke; a laughable incident, mistake. That which is ludicrous excites laughter by its incongruity and foolish absurdity: The monkey's attempts to imitate the woman were ludicrous. Unabridged


2 [fuhn-ee]
noun, plural funnies.
a shell or light skiff rowed by one person with sculls.

1790–1800; perhaps jocular use of funny1 Unabridged
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funny (ˈfʌnɪ)
adj , -nier, -niest
1.  causing amusement or laughter; humorous; comical
2.  peculiar; odd
3.  suspicious or dubious (esp in the phrase funny business)
4.  informal faint or ill: to feel funny
n , -nier, -niest, -nies
5.  informal a joke or witticism

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Word Origin & History

"humorous," 1756, from fun (q.v.). Meaning "strange, odd" is 1806, said to be originally U.S. Southern. The two senses of the word lead to the retort question "funny ha-ha or funny peculiar," which is attested from 1938. Related: Funnier; funniest. Funny farm "mental hospital" is slang from 1963. Funny
bone "elbow end of the humerus" is 1840; funnies "newspaper comic strips" is from 1852.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with funny, also see under fun.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
If you only laugh because something is irresistibly funny, the chances are your
  laugh will be irresistible too.
Sarcasm has a two-faced quality: it's both funny and mean.
He's really funny, and yet he's really thin-skinned.
The funny part was the recipe called for three lemons.
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