W3S1 [ˈfʌni] adj comparative funnier superlative funniest
4 a funny look
7 go funny
8 very funny!
9 I'm not being funny (but)
10 funny little something
11 funny peculiar or funny ha-ha?
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: fun]
1.) ¦(AMUSING)¦
making you laugh
funny story/joke/film etc
Do you remember any funny stories about work?
hilariously/hysterically/wickedly funny
a wickedly funny scene from the film
a search for the funniest man in Britain
If this is your idea of a joke, I don't find it at all funny .
Luckily, when I explained the situation, he saw the funny side (=recognized that it was partly funny) .
His laughter stopped her mid-sentence. 'What's so funny?' she demanded.
It's not funny (=don't laugh) , Paul; poor Teresa was nearly in tears.
2.) ¦(STRANGE)¦
unusual, strange, or difficult to explain
I had a funny feeling something was going to happen.
What's that funny smell?
It's funny how you remember the words of songs, even ones you don't really like.
It's funny (that)
It's funny that the kids are so quiet.
That's funny . I was sure I had $5 in my purse, but it's not there now.
People tell me I ran the greatest race of my life, but the funny thing is I can't remember much about it.
It's a funny old world (=strange or unusual things happen in life) .
appearing to be illegal, dishonest, or wrong
There's something funny going on here.
Remember, Marvin, no funny business while we're out.
4.) a funny look
if you give someone a funny look, you look at them in a way that shows you think they are behaving strangely
I hunkered down, ignoring the funny looks from passers-by.
5.) ¦(ILL)¦
feeling slightly ill
I always feel funny after a long car ride.
6.) ¦(CRAZY)¦
BrE informal slightly crazy
After his wife died he went a bit funny .
7.) go funny informal
if a machine, piece of equipment etc goes funny, it stops working properly
I just turned it on and the screen went all funny.
8.) very funny!
spoken used when someone is laughing at you or playing a trick and you do not think it is amusing
Very funny! Who's hidden my car keys?
9.) I'm not being funny (but)
BrE spoken used when you are serious or do not want to offend someone
I'm not being funny, but we haven't got much time.
10.) funny little sth
used to describe something you like because it is small, unusual, or interesting
The town centre is crammed with funny little shops.
his funny little grin
11.) funny peculiar or funny ha-ha?
BrE funny weird/strange or funny ha-ha? AmE
used when someone has described something as funny and you want to know whether they mean it is strange or amusing
'Tim's a funny guy.' 'Funny weird or funny ha-ha?'
HINT sense 1
Do not use funny to mean 'enjoyable'. Use fun : The picnic was really fun.
similar words: amusing, humorous, witty, comical
very funny: hilarious, hysterical
something that someone says that is intended to make people laugh: joke, pun, play on words
See also: comedy, irony, satire, comedian

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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