Date: 1700-1800
Origin: fun


fun‧ny S1 W3 comparative funnier, superlative funniest


making you laugh
funny story/joke/film etc
Do you remember any funny stories about work?
hilariously/hysterically/wickedly funny
a wickedly funny scene from the film
the funniest man in Britain
If this is your idea of a joke, I don't find it at all funny.
Luckily, when I explained the situation, he saw the funny side (=recognized that it was partly funny).
His laughter stopped her mid-sentence. 'What's so funny?' she demanded.
It's not funny (=don't laugh), Paul; poor Teresa was nearly in tears.
! Do not use funny to mean 'enjoyable'. Use fun: The picnic was really fun.


unusual, strange, or difficult to explain:
I had a funny feeling something was going to happen.
What's that funny smell?
It's funny how you remember the words of songs, even ones you don't really like.
It's funny (that)
It's funny that the kids are so quiet.
That's funny. I was sure I had $5 in my purse, but it's not there now.
People tell me I ran the greatest race of my life, but the funny thing is I can't remember much about it.
It's a funny old world (=strange or unusual things happen in life).


appearing to be illegal, dishonest, or wrong:
Remember, Marvin, no funny business while we're out.

a funny look

if you give someone a funny look, you look at them in a way that shows you think they are behaving strangely:
I hunkered down, ignoring the funny looks from passers-by.


feeling slightly ill:
I always feel funny after a long car ride.


British English informal slightly crazy:
After his wife died he went a bit funny.

go funny

informal if a machine, piece of equipment etc goes funny, it stops working properly:
I just turned it on and the screen went all funny.

very funny!

spoken used when someone is laughing at you or playing a trick and you do not think it is amusing:
Very funny! Who's hidden my car keys?

I'm not being funny (but)

British English spoken used when you are serious or do not want to offend someone:
I'm not being funny, but we haven't got much time.

funny little something

used to describe something you like because it is small, unusual, or interesting:
The town centre is crammed with funny little shops.
his funny little grin

funny peculiar or funny ha-ha?

British English funny weird/strange or funny ha-ha? American English used when someone has described something as funny and you want to know whether they mean it is strange or amusing:
'Tim's a funny guy.' 'Funny weird or funny ha-ha?'
similar words: amusing, humorous, witty, comical

very funny: hilarious, hysterical

something that someone says that is intended to make people laugh: joke, pun, play on words
funny comedy, irony, satire, comedian

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