adjective (funnier, funniest)
- 1Causing laughter or amusement; humorous: a funny story the play is hilariously funnyMore example sentences
amusing, humorous, witty, comic, comical, droll, facetious, jocular, jokey; hilarious, hysterical, riotous, uproarious; entertaining, diverting, sparkling, scintillating; silly, farcical, slapstick• informal side-splitting, rib-tickling, laugh-a-minute, wacky, zany, off the wall, a scream, rich, priceless• informal, • dated killing
- We have people that laugh, and so they call and tell us their funny, humorous stories.
- He was caring and he could keep you entertained with his funny stories and wonderful sense of fun.
- His witty introductions, funny stories and anecdotes kept the crowds smiling throughout.
- 1.2 [predic. with negative] • informal Used to emphasize that something is unpleasant or wrong and should be regarded seriously or avoided: stealing other people’s work isn’t funnyMore example sentences
- A Royal Mail spokesman insists that this is a serious problem and not funny at all.
- 2Difficult to explain or understand; strange: I had a funny feeling you’d be around a funny thing, democracyMore example sentences
- ‘It's a funny thing, this business,’ he explains with a self-conscious grin.
- It's kind of hard to tell though, and the funny thing about exams is, the moment you come out of the room you just don't care about them any more.
- Power is a funny thing, and it's dangerous to confuse it with other things, like celebrity.
- 2.2Unusual in such a way as to arouse suspicion: there was something funny going onMore example sentences
strange, peculiar, odd, queer, weird, bizarre, curious, freakish, freak, quirky; mysterious, mystifying, puzzling, perplexing; unusual, uncommon, anomalous, irregular, abnormal, exceptional, singular, out of the ordinary, extraordinarysuspect, dubious, untrustworthy, questionable
- Suspicion crept into my mind and I had a funny feeling that she knew I didn't go to the movies.
- 2.3Used to draw attention to or express surprise at a curious or interesting fact or occurrence: that’s funny!—that vase of flowers has been movedMore example sentences
- The funny thing was the fact that he thought Qane loved him.
- In fact, it's funny how distracting the least interesting things are when you're at a lecture.
- Look, the funny thing is that four years after the fact I think many of our colleagues were saying: Do you want to know something?
noun(funnies) • informal Back to top
- North American The comic strips in newspapers: I read the sports page, funnies, and editorialMore example sentences
- It was wrapped very badly in the Sunday funnies in the newspaper.
- I remember the hallway where I ducked in had newspaper funnies stuck up on the doorways.
- I gravitated to comics really early on, like the funnies in the newspaper like Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Nancy.
see the funny side (of something)
- Appreciate the humorous aspect of a situation or experience.More example sentences
- Those who laugh out loud and see the funny side of difficult situations are far less likely to have a heart attack than humourless individuals, researchers found.
- His willingness to help everyone and his inspiring wit and ability to see the funny side of all situations was a trait of his personality that was very special to all.
- Gerry was a wonderful conversationalist and always had the ability to see the funny side of any situation, and was well able to talk on a variety of topics with authority.
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- As in previous research, only moderate correlations were found between laughter and self-report measures of perceived funniness, happiness, amusement, and anxiousness.
- But luckily, because we rehearsed it for five solid days before we performed it for an audience, we got used to the funniness of it and were able to keep a straight face.
- Maybe that's the point and it's supposed to be part of the funniness, or maybe there's some little detail from near the beginning that you're supposed to have memorised, but for me it spoiled an otherwise cracking good book.