funny ha-ha

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funny ha-ha (not comparable)

  1. humorous, as opposed to strange (the other meaning of funny)
    • 1936, Ian Hay, The Housemaster
      What do you mean, funny? Funny peculiar or funny ha-ha?
    • 1945, Robert J. Menner, Multiple Meaning and Change of Meaning in English, in Language, Vol. 21, No. 2
      Funny is now occasionally ambiguous, as a slang expression fashionable a decade ago shows: “Do you mean funny ‘ha-ha’ or funny ‘peculiar’?”
    • 1952, Madison Bently, review of Statement on Race, in The American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 65, No. 1
      They might be men: they certainly were funny (funny-peculiar not funny-ha ha).
    • 2003, Lesley Chamberlain, The Secret Artist: A Close Reading of Sigmund Freud
      Freud loves mistakes because they open up so much scope for humor, and he watches how what first strikes us as “funny ha ha” shades into “funny peculiar.”
    • 2004, W. R. Adams, Rairarubia
      In the morning, she couldn’t remember much, only that the dream left her feeling kind of funny inside. Not funny ha-ha, but funny weird-like.
    • 2005, C++ Cookbook
      First of all, they have funny syntax (not funny ha-ha, funny strange).
  2. humorous, as opposed to serious or non-funny
    • 1971, Harold Robbins, The Betsy
      But it wasn’t a funny ha-ha smile. It was the kind of smile you have when you find a friend.
    • 1999, Anna Fienberg, Borrowed Light
      Mostly he makes jokes about Mum’s cooking. Not the funny ha-ha jokes, more the sneery, condescending snipes that leave an uncomfortable silence, while you decide whose side you should be on.
    • 2003, Steven Cooper, With You in Spirit
      She laughs, not a funny ha-ha laugh but rather a tiny self-inflicted chuckle of disgust.
    • 2005, Jan Carole, Anatomy of Pain
      I laugh when talking about this; it is not the funny ha-ha kind of laugh, but the uncomfortable kind.

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