funny Definition

  • 1causing laughter or amusement; humorous
  • 2difficult to explain or understand; strange or odd

Using funny: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "funny" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The movie was really funny.

  • Example

    She told a funny joke at the party.

  • Example

    That's a funny-looking dog.

  • Example

    It's funny how things work out sometimes.

funny Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using funny

  • used to distinguish between something that is amusing and something that is strange or odd


    Her sense of humor is either funny ha-ha or funny peculiar, depending on your perspective.

  • to mock or ridicule someone or something


    It's not nice to make fun of people who are different from you.

  • to emerge as the ultimate winner in a situation after being initially disadvantaged or ridiculed


    Despite all the criticism, she had the last laugh when her business became successful.

Phrases with funny

  • a spot near the elbow where a nerve passes close to the surface of the skin, causing a tingling sensation when knocked


    I hit my funny bone on the edge of the table and it hurt for a few minutes.

  • a psychiatric hospital or mental institution


    After his breakdown, he spent some time in the funny farm to recover.

  • counterfeit currency or money obtained illegally


    The police arrested him for trying to use funny money at the store.

Origins of funny

from Old English 'fon', meaning 'to make a fool of'


Summary: funny in Brief

The term 'funny' [ˈfʌni] refers to something that causes laughter or amusement, or something that is difficult to explain or understand. It can describe anything from jokes to appearances, exemplified by 'The movie was really funny.' 'Funny' extends into phrases like 'funny bone,' and idioms like 'make fun of,' denoting mockery, and 'have the last laugh,' implying eventual success.

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