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"funny" in British English

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funnyadjective

uk   us   /ˈfʌn.i/

funny adjective (HUMOROUS)

A1 humorous; ​causinglaughter: Do you ​know any funny ​jokes? I've never ​found Charlie Chaplin very funny. It's a really funny ​film. It's not funny - don't ​laugh! Breaking ​yourleg isn't funny (= it is ​serious). No ​matter how ​disastrous the ​situation there always ​seems to be a funny side to it. Don't you ​try to be funny with me (= be ​serious and show ​respect), ​young man!
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funny adjective (STRANGE)

B1 strange, ​surprising, ​unexpected, or ​difficult to ​explain or ​understand: The ​washingmachine is making a funny ​noise again. He's got some funny ​ideas about how to ​bring up ​children. That's funny - I'm ​sure I ​left my ​keys here. A funny thinghappened to me on the way to the ​crematorium. I felt funny when I ​realized everyone was ​watching me. It's funny how Alec always ​disappearswhenever there's ​work to be done. She's a funny ​girl (= she is ​strange and ​difficult to ​understand).UK informal The television's gone funny (= isn't ​workingcorrectly).
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  • This ​baconsmells a ​bit funny - do you ​think it's gone off?
  • Over the ​years we've got used to his funny little ​ways.
  • Roz has ​adopted one or two funny ​mannerisms since she's been away.
  • That ​smell is making ​feel a ​bit funny.
  • Why are you being funny with me? Have I done something ​wrong?

funny adjective (DISHONEST)

informal dishonest; ​involvingcheating: I ​think there's something funny going on next ​door.

funny adjective (UNFRIENDLY)

[after verb] UK informal unfriendly or ​seeming to be ​offended: I'm not being funny or anything but I ​think I'd ​rather go on my own. She ​sounded a ​bit funny with me on the ​phone last ​night and I ​wondered if I'd ​offended her.

funny adjective (ILL)

[after verb] informal slightlyill: I don't ​know if it was something I ​ate but I'm ​feeling a little ​bit funny.

funny adjective (CRAZY)

UK informal slightlycrazy: All the ​stress made him go a ​bit funny.

funnynoun

uk   us   /ˈfʌn.i/
the funnies [plural] mainly US the ​series of ​drawings in a ​newspaper that ​tell a ​humorousstory
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(Definition of funny from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"funny" in American English

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funnyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈfʌn·i/

funny adjective [-er/-est only] (AMUSING)

amusing; causing ​laughter: Jerome is so funny. She told me the funniest ​joke.

funny adjective [-er/-est only] (STRANGE)

strange or ​surprising, or ​difficult to ​explain or ​understand: The ​washingmachine is making funny ​noises again. Something funny is going on next ​door. That’s funny – I’m ​sure I ​left my ​keys here, but now I can’t ​find them. [+ question word] It’s funny how Pat always ​disappearswhenever there’s ​work to be done. If you ​feel funny, you ​feelslightlyill: He ​felt a little funny after taking a ​pill on an ​emptystomach.
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