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Etymology 1[edit]

From fun +‎ -y.


funny (comparative funnier, superlative funniest)

  1. Amusing; humorous; comical. [from the mid-18th c.]
    When I went to the circus, I only found the clowns funny.
  2. Strange or unusual, often implying unpleasant. [from the early 19th c.]
    The milk smelt funny so I poured it away.
    I've got a funny feeling that this isn't going to work.
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funny (plural funnies)

  1. (humorous) A joke.
    • 2014, Brian Conaghan, When Mr. Dog Bites (page 54)
      Everyone would be sitting on big fluffy white clouds singing songs, telling funnies and just enjoying the day.
  2. (humorous) A comic strip.
    • 2009, R. P. Moffa, The Vaulted Sky (page 343)
      His father was more likely to listen to the radio, although he would read the Sunday funnies, and his grandmother would only read the Italian language paper she picked up at the corner candy store.

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps a jocular use of funny. See above.


funny (plural funnies)

  1. (UK) A narrow boat for sculling.