Something that is funny is amusing or comical. Comedians make their living being funny.

It seems like the adjective funny should describe something fun — but it doesn’t always. A fun rollercoaster ride might make you scream instead of laugh. In fact, funny is also used in the sense of something that is fishy or shady, or just a little odd, like a funny feeling, or a person who seems a little funny, meaning weird. So if someone calls you funny, make sure they are smiling before you thank them for the compliment.

Definitions of funny

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

“she told a funny story”
“she made a funny
funny remark, funny story, good story
Type of:
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

adj arousing or provoking laughter

funny stories that made everybody laugh”
“a very funny writer”
amusing, comic, comical, laughable, mirthful, risible
humorous, humourous
full of or characterized by humor

adj beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

“her speech has a funny twang”
“they have some funny ideas about war”
curious, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular
strange, unusual
being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

adj not as expected

“up to some funny business”
fishy, shady, suspect, suspicious
subject to question

adj experiencing odd bodily sensations

“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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