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adj. fun·ni·er, fun·ni·est
a. Causing laughter or amusement: a funny cartoon.
b. Making or given to making amusing jokes or witticisms: a colleague who is very funny.
c. Appropriate as the subject of a joke; deserving of a joke. Used in negative sentences to express disapproval or to emphasize the seriousness of something: There is nothing funny about getting the flu.
a. Difficult to account for; unusual or odd: I had a funny feeling that she would call.
b. Suspiciously odd: It's funny how I seem to lose something every time he comes around.
3. Counterfeit or fraudulent: tried to pass off funny money as legitimate.
4. Informal Somewhat ill, painful, or abnormal: I felt funny after eating those clams."a mole on his arm that has started to go funny" (Ann Cummins).
5. Informal
a. Offensively forward or disrespectful: She told him off after he started to get funny.
b. Contrary to one's demands or expectations: Don't let the prisoners do anything funny.
n. pl. fun·nies Informal
1. A joke; a witticism: "He laughed because he did not know I was not making a funny" (Jonathan Safran Foer).
2. funnies
a. Comic strips.
b. The section of a newspaper containing comic strips.

[From fun.]

fun′ni·ly adv.
fun′ni·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.funniness - a comic incident or series of incidents
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"


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He plays Benedick as vain and stiff, but he has both natural grace and a gift for big-muscle funniness.
And the verisimilitude of that, the reality of that and the funniness of that is what we're going after.
And no one quite has his knack for stripping them of all pretense and exposing their essential funniness.
That's just putting random words together, working on the fact that no one's paying attention, and if they were it would be only to mock their physical funniness.
She explained: "Quite a lot of the women said there had been occasions when they had curbed their funniness out of respect for men, who needed approval more.
The funniness of a joke -c -is worked out by adding the comic moment -m -to the 'pratfalls', or the number of times someone falls over -n0.
The funniness of a joke - c - is worked out by adding the comic moment - m - to the 'pratfalls', or the number of times someone falls over - n0.
I suppose if you were to draw up a league table of funniness, I would have come in at fifth or sixth.
I say what I feel and maybe my funniness could be annoying them.
There is a constant ripple of laughter - even when he is clearly scratching around for funniness.
I've never stared out at the audience and thought `I've used up all my funniness, there's none left.
Peter Cook was, perhaps, the greatest British comedian there has ever been, someone who, as Stephen Fry observed, 'had funniness in the way that beautiful people have beauty'.