funny


funny
funny "humorous," 1756, from FUN (Cf. fun) + -Y (Cf. -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.

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  • funny ha-ha — (informal) Funny meaning ‘amusing’, as opposed to funny peculiar meaning ‘queer or odd’ • • • Main Entry: ↑funny * * * ˌfunny ha ˈha idiom (informal) used to show that ‘funny’ is being used with the meaning of ‘amusing’ Main en …   Useful english dictionary

  • funny — is used in two primary meanings: (1) amusing, comical (as in a funny joke), (2) strange, hard to explain (as in a funny look). Since the 1930s, as first recorded in a novel by Ian Hay, the first meaning has come to be called funny ha ha and the… …   Modern English usage

  • funny — [fun′ē] adj. funnier, funniest [see FUN & Y2] 1. causing laughter; laughable; amusing; humorous 2. Informal a) out of the ordinary; strange; queer ☆ b) deceptive or tricky …   English World dictionary

  • Funny — Fun ny, a. [Compar. {Funnier}; superl. {Funniest}.] [From {Fun}.] Droll; comical; amusing; laughable; inciting laughter. [1913 Webster] {Funny bone}. See {crazy bone}, under {Crazy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • funny — [adj1] comical, humorous absurd, amusing, antic, blithe, capricious, clever, diverting, droll, entertaining, facetious, farcical, for grins*, gas*, gay, gelastic, good humored, hilarious, humdinger, hysterical, jocose, jocular, joking, jolly,… …   New thesaurus

  • Funny — Fun ny, n.; pl. {Funnies}. A clinkerbuit, narrow boat for sculling. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Funny — (von englisch = lustig, gewöhnlich verwendet in der Mehrzahl Funnys) ist eine im deutschen Sprachraum verwendete Gattungsbezeichnung für humorvolle Comics, die Slapstick Elemente und Gags aufweisen können. Viele Werke von Zeichnern der École… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • funny — index jocular, ludicrous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • funny ha-ha — adjective humorous …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • funny — *laughable, risible, ludicrous, ridiculous, comic, comical, farcical, droll Analogous words: humorous, *witty, jocose, jocular, facetious: amusing, diverting, entertaining (see AMUSE): grotesque, bizarre, *fantastic, antic Contrasted words:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms