adjective, fun·ni·er, fun·ni·est.

  1. providing fun; causing amusement or laughter; amusing; comical: a funny remark; a funny person.
  2. attempting to amuse; facetious: Did you really mean that or were you just being funny?
  3. warranting suspicion; deceitful; underhanded: We thought there was something funny about those extra charges.
  4. Informal. insolent; impertinent: Don’t get funny with me, young man!
  5. curious; strange; peculiar; odd: Her speech has a funny twang.

noun, plural fun·nies.

  1. Informal. a funny remark or story; a joke: to make a funny.
  2. funnies,
    1. comic strips.
    2. Also called funny paper.the section of a newspaper reserved for comic strips, word games, etc.

adjective -nier or -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 illto feel funny

noun plural -nies

  1. informal a joke or witticism

1814, from funny + -ly (2).


“humorous,” 1756, from fun + -y (2). Meaning “strange, odd” is 1806, said to be originally U.S. Southern. The two senses of the word led to the retort question “funny ha-ha or funny peculiar,” which is attested from 1916. Related: Funnier; funniest. Funny farm “mental hospital” is slang from 1962. Funny bone “elbow end of the humerus” is 1826; funnies “newspaper comic strips” is from 1852.

In addition to the idioms beginning with funny

  • funny bone
  • funny business
  • funny money

, also see under

  • fun

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