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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.
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adj, -nier or -niest
1. causing amusement or laughter; humorous; comical
2. peculiar; odd
3. suspicious or dubious (esp in the phrase funny business)
4. informal faint or ill: to feel funny.
n, pl -nies
informal a joke or witticism
ˈfunnily adv
ˈfunniness n
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(ˈfʌn i)

adj. -ni•er, -ni•est, adj.
1. providing fun; amusing; comical: a funny joke.
2. attempting to amuse; facetious.
3. warranting suspicion; underhanded; deceitful: There was something funny about those extra charges.
4. Informal. insolent; impertinent: Don't get funny with me, mister.
5. curious; strange; peculiar; odd: Her speech has a funny twang.
6. Informal. a funny remark or story; joke: to make a funny.
7. funnies,
a. comic strips.
b. Also called funny paper. the section of a newspaper reserved for comic strips, word games, etc.
8. Informal. peculiarly.
fun′ni•ly, adv.
fun′ni•ness, n.
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1. 'comical'

When people or things seem amusing or absurd, you can describe them as comical.

There is something slightly comical about him.
2. 'comic'

Comic is used to describe things that are intended to make you laugh.

He is a great comic actor.
The novel is both comic and tragic.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'comical' to describe things that are intended to make you laugh. Don't say, for example, 'He is a great comical actor'.

3. 'funny'

The word that you usually use to describe someone or something that makes you laugh is funny.

Let me tell you a funny story.
Farid was smart and good-looking, and he could be funny when he wanted to.


1. 'fun'

If something is fun, it is pleasant, enjoyable, and not serious.

It's fun working for him.

If you have fun, you enjoy yourself.

We had great fun at the party.
She wanted a bit more fun out of life.

Be Careful!
Fun is an uncountable noun. Don't say that someone 'has funs' or 'has a great fun'.

If you want to say that something is very enjoyable, you can say that it is great fun or a lot of fun.

The game was great fun.

In conversation and informal writing, you can use fun as an adjective. Don't use fun in this way in formal writing.

It was a fun evening.
She's a really fun person to be around.
2. 'funny'

If something is funny, it is amusing and makes you smile or laugh.

She told funny stories.
Wayne could be very funny when he wanted to.

You can also say that something is funny when it is strange, surprising, or puzzling.

The funny thing is, we went to Arthur's house just yesterday.
Have you noticed anything funny about this plane?
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.funny - an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)funny - an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line); "she told a funny story"; "she made a funny"
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
Adj.1.funny - arousing or provoking laughterfunny - arousing or provoking laughter; "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"; "an amusing fellow"; "a comic hat"; "a comical look of surprise"; "funny stories that made everybody laugh"; "a very funny writer"; "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"; "a mirthful experience"; "risible courtroom antics"
humorous, humourous - full of or characterized by humor; "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"
2.funny - beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
3.funny - not as expected; "there was something fishy about the accident"; "up to some funny business"; "some definitely queer goings-on"; "a shady deal"; "her motives were suspect"; "suspicious behavior"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
questionable - subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
4.funny - experiencing odd bodily sensations; "told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest"
ill, sick - affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"
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2. comic, comical, a scream, a card (informal), a caution (informal) He could be funny when he wanted to be.
3. peculiar, odd, strange, unusual, remarkable, bizarre, puzzling, curious, weird, mysterious, suspicious, dubious, queer, rum (Brit. slang), quirky, perplexing There's something funny about him.
4. ill, poorly (informal), queasy, sick, odd, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), ailing, queer, unhealthy, seedy (informal), unwell, out of sorts (informal), off-colour (informal), under the weather (informal) My head ached and my stomach felt funny.
1. joke (Informal) crack (slang), quip, pun, jest, wisecrack, witticism, play on words When I played against him, he kept cracking funnies all the time.
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1. Arousing laughter:
3. Intended to excite laughter or amusement:
4. Agreeably curious, especially in an old-fashioned or unusual way:
5. Causing puzzlement; perplexing:
Informal. Words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement:
Informal: gag.
Slang: ha-ha.
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غَريبغَرِيبمُضْحِكمُضْحِك، هَزْلي
fyndinn, skemmtilegurskrÿtinn
buồn cườikỳ lạ


A. ADJ (funnier (compar) (funniest (superl)))
1. (= amusing) [person, joke, film, story] → gracioso
you look so funny in that costumetienes una pinta graciosísima con ese disfraz
it was so funny, I just couldn't stop laughingera tan gracioso que no podía dejar de reírme
he's trying to be funnyquiere hacerse el gracioso
that's not funnyeso no tiene gracia
2. (= odd) → raro
funny! I thought he'd left¡qué raro! creía que ya se había marchado
it strikes me as funny or I find it funny thatme extraña que + subjunme parece raro que + subjun
(it's) funny you should say thatqué curioso que digas eso
there's something funny going on hereaquí hay gato encerrado
he's funny that waytiene esa manía
I feel funny (= unwell) → no me encuentro muy bien
it felt funny going there on my ownse me hizo extraño ir allí solo
I have the funny feeling I'm going to regret thistengo la extraña sensación de que me voy a arrepentir de esto
I've got a funny feeling in my stomachtengo una sensación rara en el estómago
he must be funny in the headtiene que estar ido or tocado de la cabeza
children get some very funny ideas sometimes!¡a los niños se les ocurre a veces cada idea!
this smells/tastes funnyesto huele/sabe raro
the funny thing about it is thatlo curioso or extraño del caso es que ...
funny peculiar or funny ha-ha?¿extraño o divertido?
B. N
the funnies (US) → las tiras cómicas
C. CPD funny bone Nhueso m del codo
the show seems to have tickled everyone's funnybone (fig) → el programa parece haberle hecho gracia a todo el mundo
funny business Ntejemanejes mpl
don't try any funny businessnada de tejemanejes
funny farm N (hum) → loquero m
funny man Ncómico m
funny money N (= large sum) → una millonada; (= counterfeit money) → dinero m falso; (= ill-gotten money) → dinero m mal habido
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[ˈfʌni] adj
(= amusing) → amusant(e), drôle
It was really funny → C'était vraiment drôle.
(= strange) → curieux/euse, bizarre
There's something funny about him → Il est un peu bizarre.
to feel funny [person] → se sentir bizarre
My stomach feels funny → Mon estomac me fait un effet bizarre. funny businessfunny bone npetit juif mfunny business nquelque chose de louche, quelque chose de pas catholiquefunny farm nmaison f de fous
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adj (+er)
(= comical)komisch, lustig; personwitzig; don’t try to be funny (inf)mach keine Witze!; don’t get funny with me (inf)komm mir bloß nicht komisch; to see the funny side of somethingdas Lustige an etw (dat)sehen; what’s so funny?was ist denn so komisch or lustig?; it’s not funny!das ist überhaupt nicht komisch or zum Lachen!
(= bizarre, odd)komisch; she gave him a funny looksie sah ihn komisch an; to have funny ideas about somethingmerkwürdige Vorstellungen von etw haben; there’s something funny about that placeder Ort ist irgendwie merkwürdig or seltsam; I have a funny feeling I’m going to regret thisich habe das komische Gefühl, dass mir das noch leidtun wird; (it’s) funny (that) you should say thatkomisch, dass Sie das sagen; it’s funny but I feel as if I’ve known you a long timekomisch, ich habe das Gefühl, dass ich dich schon lange kenne; (that’s) funny! I thought he’d leftkomisch! ich dachte, er ist schon weg; the funny thing is that he was rightdas Komische ist, dass er recht hatte; to go all funny (inf: = go wrong) → verrücktspielen (inf); I just feel a bit funny (inf)mir ist ein bisschen komisch or mulmig (inf); I feel funny about seeing her again (inf)mir ist komisch dabei zumute or zu Mute, sie wiederzusehen; it’s a funny old worldganz schön komisch or merkwürdig!; funny-peculiar or funny-ha-ha? (inf)komisch im Sinne von seltsam oder lustig?
(inf: = mad) personmerkwürdig; she’s a bit funny (in the head)sie spinnt ein bisschen (inf)
(inf: = suspicious) funny business or tricksfaule Sachen plor Tricks pl (inf); there’s something funny going on herehier ist doch was faul (inf); don’t try anything funnykeine faulen Tricks! (inf)
pl the funnies (US Press inf) → die Cartoons pl, → die Comicstrips pl


funny bone
funny cigarette
n (inf)Joint m (inf)
funny farm
n (inf)Klapsmühle f (inf)
funny girl
n (inf: = comedienne) → Komikerin f
funny handshake
n (inf) besonderer, von Freimaurern verwendeter Händedruck
funny man
n (inf: = comedian) → Komiker m
funny money
nein Wahnsinnsgeld nt (inf)
funny paper
n (US) → Witzseiten pl
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1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl)))
a.divertente, buffo/a
that's not funny → c'è poco da ridere
to try to be funny → fare lo spiritoso/a
b. (strange) → strano/a, bizzarro/a
this tastes funny → ha uno strano sapore
a funny feeling came over me → mi sono sentito strano
the funny thing about it is that ... → la cosa strana è che...
there's some funny business going on here (fam) → qui c'è qualcosa di losco
2. n the funnies (Am) (fam) → i fumetti
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(fan) noun
enjoyment; a good time. They had a lot of fun at the party; Isn't this fun!
ˈfunny adjective
1. amusing; making one laugh. a funny story.
2. strange; peculiar. I heard a funny noise.
ˈfunnily adverb
fun and games
activities that are good fun. But I have to warn you, this job is not all fun and games!
for fun
as a joke; for amusement. The children threw stones for fun.
in fun
as a joke; not seriously. I said it in fun.
make fun of
to laugh at (someone, usually unkindly). They made fun of her.



etc see fun
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غَرِيب, مُضْحِك divný, legrační sjov, underlig komisch, witzig αστείος, παράξενος extraño, gracioso, raro huvittava, kummallinen drôle, étrange neobičan, smiješan divertente, strano 変な, 面白い 괴상한, 우스운 grappig, vreemd morsom, rar dziwny, zabawny engraçado, estranho забавный, смешной konstig, rolig แปลกประหลาด, ตลก garip, komik buồn cười, kỳ lạ 奇怪的, 好笑的
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adj (fam o vulg, unusual) extraño, raro; adv de una manera extraña or rara; She walks funny..Camina de una manera extraña (rara).
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"Why, your friend, the Tin Woodman, has become the funniest thing you can imagine," replied the King, wiping the tears of merriment from his eyes.
And Tikhon, purposely writhing and making faces, pretended to be angry and swore at the French with the funniest curses.
Then everybody despises him for his cowardice and wants him punished and made ridiculous; so they hough him from behind, and it is the funniest thing in the world to see him hobbling around on his severed legs; the whole vast house goes into hurricanes of laughter over it; I have laughed till the tears ran down my cheeks to see it.
The young men said it was the funniest song that had ever been written, and that, if we liked, they would get Herr Slossenn Boschen, whom they knew very well, to sing it.
It was about a humorous lecturer who flooded an ignorant audience with the killingest jokes for an hour and never got a laugh; and then when he was leaving, some gray simpletons wrung him gratefully by the hand and said it had been the funniest thing they had ever heard, and "it was all they could do to keep from laughin' right out in meetin'." That anecdote never saw the day that it was worth the telling; and yet I had sat under the telling of it hundreds and thousands and millions and billions of times, and cried and cursed all the way through.
The ringmaster couldn't ever say a word to him but he was back at him quick as a wink with the funniest things a body ever said; and how he ever COULD think of so many of them, and so sudden and so pat, was what I couldn't noway understand.
The biggest piece of furniture was an enormous wicker trunk, with a very lively coloured stocking dangling out at a hole in it, and a notice on the top that Joey was the funniest man on earth.
It was the funniest incident that had come under their notice in many a day.
The men voted her "the funniest and jolliest ever," but the sniffs on the top step and the lower step were implacable.
His cheeks also were smooth and red and shiny; and his little gray eyes danced about with the funniest air imaginable.
We passed through the strangest, funniest, undreampt-of old towns, wedded to the customs and steeped in the dreams of the elder ages, and perfectly unaware that the world turns round!
His letter described the island minutely, as well as the location of the treasure, and was accompanied by the crudest, funniest little old map you ever saw; with trees and rocks all marked by scrawly X's to show the exact spot where the treasure had been buried.