funny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj 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"
    • adj funny 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"
    • adj 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"
    • adj funny experiencing odd bodily sensations "told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest"
    • n funny an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line) "she told a funny story","she made a funny"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 50 different types of pumpkins. Some of them have names such as Munchkin, Funny Face, and Spooktacular
    • n Funny A clinkerbuit, narrow boat for sculling.
    • a Funny Droll; comical; amusing; laughable; inciting laughter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the original Star Wars A New Hope when everyone is stuck in the trash compactor and the storm troopers come for C-3PO and R2-D2 the stormtroopers come through the door and one of them hits its head, very funny. They make it look like he did it on purpose by another stormtrooper says "Take care of him" which they added in there guess Lucas kept it as kind of a joke
    • funny Such as to afford fun or excite mirth; amusing; comical; ludicrous.
    • funny Such as to cause surprise or perplexity; curious; strange; odd; queer: as, it is funny he never told me of his marriage.
    • funny Synonyms Comical, Laughable, etc. See ludicrous.
    • n funny A light clinker-built pleasure-boat, with a pair of sculls. It is long and narrow, and is used for racing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Funny fun′i full of fun: droll: perplexing, odd
    • n Funny fun′i a light clinker-built pleasure-boat, with a pair of sculls.
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Quotations

  • Woody Allen
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    “I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
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    “A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.”
  • Ronald Knox
    Ronald Knox
    “Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”
  • Andy Warhol
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    “I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?”
  • Quentin Crisp
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    “Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.”

Idioms

Broke as a joke and it ain't funny - This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Fun

Usage

In literature:

It's rather funny that he doesn't mention Heidelberg.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
I wonder if she is as funny as ever, and if she still mixes up her sentences in the same comical way.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
How funny the room looks!
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Left in a hurry; kind o' funny, skippin' the way they did.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
In spite of everything Horatio Sparkins is funny.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
He had a funny feeling, too, that he was being watched, although he couldn't see any one.
"The Adventures of Buster Bear" by Thornton W. Burgess
And that boy of theirs never comes home; he must have a funny streak in him too.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Well, then, you needn't be so funny.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
But they remembered many of the funny phrases, and often called each other by them afterward.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
She is a funny little thing, but there's something nice about her face.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
We must have looked funny, all sleeves and waists up under our arms.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It was about as funny as death.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
One day Gypsy did something very funny.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
What a funny breakfast!
"The Adventures of Herr Baby" by Mrs. Molesworth
What have I said, Mr. Dutchman, that seems so funny to you?
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Won't it seem funny to go to school in old Uncle Peter's house?
"Highacres" by Jane Abbott
You are here to learn, and not to make funny pictures.
"Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail" by Howard R. Garis
Once a very funny thing happened.
"The Girl from Arizona" by Nina Rhoades
Oh, such a funny letter, wasn't it?
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards
He's a funny baby, all right!
"The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

The windmill stands up like a flower on the hill
With its petals a-whirling—they seldom stay still—
And its funny old voice creaking all the long day
As it scolds little breezes for running away.
"Windmill" by John Chipman Farrar
As I rode in to Burrumbeet,
I met a man with funny feet;
And, when I paused to ask him why
His feet were strange, he rolled his eye
And said the rain would spoil the wheat;
So I rode on to Burrumbeet.
"The Traveller" by C J Dennis
Ain't that funny?--An' they're dead:
An' this-here's "th' ole Homestead."--
An' my A'nty said, an' cried,
It's mine, too, ef my Ma died--
Don't know what she mean--'cause my
Ma she's nuvver go' to die!
"A Christmas Memory" by James Whitcomb Riley
And I'd know why papa shut the door with a slam,
And said something funny that sounded like "jam,"
And then "Edith--where are you?" I said, "Here I am."
"Ah, that's right, dear, look out of the window!"
"What Miss Edith Saw From Her Window" by Francis Bret Harte
Hi, it's a funny world! This mornin' when I woke
I saw red robin on the fence, an' heard the words he spoke.
Red robin, he's a perky chap, an' this was his refrain:
"Dear, it's a pity that poor Jenny is so plain."
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis
A funny thing about this boat
'Twas patterned from a ten-pound note.
The little elf was greatly pleased
And laughed until he sneezed and sneezed;
He launched his boat upon the sea
And kicked his little heels in glee.
"Why The Mole Is Blind" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

(CBS News) While President Obama was on the front page this month for supporting same-sex marriage, a drama about a gay high school couple was playing out in the funny pages.
Think you can write a funny caption.
Comical manual for kids sure to hit mom's funny bone.
"Think Like a Man" is an occasionally funny 90-minute romantic comedy.
And that seems funny to me.
A new look into the "sorta" sequel to "Knocked Up" offers an intimate view of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's painfully funny marriage.
The ceramic contraption with a funny name has spawned a cult following of chefs and backyard barbecuers alike.
A black t-shirt being sold on Amazon.com has realized newfound coolness thanks to loads of funny user reviews posted on the item.
And It's Kind of a Funny Story, but How Do You Know about Life as We Know It.
Leslie Mann On Being Hollywood's Reigning Funny Girl.
Well, actually, funny things always occur when my family and I invade that store.
The trap is set… for a wickedly funny who'll-do-it.
Sibling rivals aim to settle old score in funny 'Do- Deca- Pentathlon'.
'The Invention of Lying' showcases truly funny Ricky Gervais.
History has a funny way of changing over the years.
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In science:

That was the best advice I’ve heard in a long time!”; “brilliant astro-ph submission! I think this will be a mandatory read for any students that want to go on to grad school.’; “Thanks for your insightful and very funny paper on astro-ph.
Are astronomical papers with more authors cited more?
I do not have enough new semi-humorous material to put in this paper, but if you send me something funny and relevant, I might add you and the advice to the paper, and perhaps together we will be cited more (logarithmically speaking).
Are astronomical papers with more authors cited more?
The first magnetic spectrometer which was specifically designed for Hypernuclear Physics, SPES 2, had a quite funny story.
Strangeness nuclear physics: a critical review on selected topics
It’s a funny result demonstrating the nature of Theorem 1.1.
Operators of rank 1, discrete path integration and graph Laplacians
The state of the art shows user profile bio as summary for Twitter experts, but it has issues with length constraints imposed by the user interface (UI) design, missing bio and sometimes funny profile bio.
User Taglines: Alternative Presentations of Expertise and Interest in Social Media
Also, not all the user bio are useful due to funny and uninformative bio data and also sometimes length (average is 100 characters in our data sets).
User Taglines: Alternative Presentations of Expertise and Interest in Social Media
I’d like to thank Bob Penner for organizing such a well-coordinated conference. ‘A funny thing happened on the way’ to this conference.
Closed string field theory, strong homotopy Lie algebras and the operad actions of moduli space
Thre are two phases which are impossible in QCD: a case without the ground state (molecule force the system toward infinite Higgs VEV) and also a funny situation with chiral symmetry unbroken but confinement (hadrons exist but are degenerate in parity).
The Phases of QCD
However, as we have all been happy to discover, a funny thing happened on the way to large Q2 – in fact several, including low-x structure functions and diffraction, which generated much of the discussion at this meeting.
Summary of DIS 98
Denote the tangent space to the identity, also known as the Lie algebra of K, by k, and its dual by k∗ . (This funny letter is a Fraktur k.) Since K acts on itself by conjugation, fixing the identity, it acts on k; this is called the adjoint representation, and the induced action on k∗ the coadjoint representation.
The symplectic and algebraic geometry of Horn's problem
Text at the top stated that the jokes and quotations were presented in descending order of funniness, as rated by users of the site. A total of 962 volunteers participated in our study over a period of 45 days.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
For each user group we measured the ratio of funny votes to total votes during this period.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
We decided to use “funniness” as a surrogate for quality, sin ce users are generally willing to provide their opinion about how funny something is.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
We wanted the funniness distribution of our jokes to mimic the quality distribution of pages on the Web.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
To determine the funniness of our jokes for this purpose we used numerical user ratings provided by the source databases.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
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