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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.
  3. (Britain, informal) Showing unexpected resentment.
    • 2011, Sarah Webb, It Had To Be You
      'Moved in where?' Sam asked Brona in confusion. 'What boyfriend?'
      'Glen,' Brona said quietly. 'You met him a while ago, remember? He only moved in last week. I was going to tell you but [] I thought you might be funny about it, that's all.'
    • 2012, Jade Varden, The Tower (Deck of Lies, #2)
      Ash would have been happy to sit and stare at Viv all day, but when he saw the other guys staring at his sister, too, he got funny about it.
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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.


funny (not comparable)

  1. (nonstandard) In an unusual manner; strangely.
    • 1970, Troy Conway, The Cunning Linguist, London: Flamingo Books, page 41:
      She was breathing funny now.

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps a jocular use of funny. See above.


funny (plural funnies)

  1. (Britain) A narrow clinker-built boat for sculling.