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FUNNY (funnier, funniest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does funny mean? 

FUNNY (noun)
  The noun FUNNY has 1 sense:

1. an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)

  Familiarity information: FUNNY used as a noun is very rare.

FUNNY (adjective)
  The adjective FUNNY has 4 senses:

1. arousing or provoking laughter
2. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
3. not as expected
4. experiencing odd bodily sensations

  Familiarity information: FUNNY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

FUNNY (noun)

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An account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


funny; funny remark; funny story; good story

Context examples:

she told a funny story / she made a funny

Hypernyms ("funny" is a kind of...):

gag; jape; jest; joke; laugh (a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter)

FUNNY (adjective)

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Arousing or provoking laughter


risible; comic; comical; funny; mirthful; laughable; amusing

Context examples:

an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls / an amusing fellow / a comic hat / a comical look of surprise / funny stories that made everybody laugh / a very funny writer / it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much / a mirthful experience / risible courtroom antics


humorous; humourous (full of or characterized by humor)

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Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected


rummy; rum; queer; peculiar; curious; funny; singular; odd

Context examples:

a curious hybrid accent / her speech has a funny twang / they have some funny ideas about war / had an odd name / the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves / something definitely queer about this town / what a rum fellow / singular behavior


strange; unusual (being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird)

Sense 3funny [BACK TO TOP]


Not as expected


suspect; fishy; suspicious; funny; shady

Context examples:

there was something fishy about the accident / up to some funny business / some definitely queer goings-on / a shady deal / her motives were suspect / suspicious behavior


questionable (subject to question)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Sense 4funny [BACK TO TOP]


Experiencing odd bodily sensations

Context example:

told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest


ill; sick (affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function)

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