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funnyadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /ˈfʌn·i/
amusing; causing laughter: Jerome is so funny. She told me the funniest joke.
strange or surprising, or difficult to explain or understand: The washing machine 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 disappears whenever there’s work to be done.
If you feel funny, you feel slightly ill: He felt a little funny after taking a pill on an empty stomach.
(Definition of funny from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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funnyadjective

uk   /ˈfʌn.i/ us   /ˈfʌn.i/
  • funny adjective (HUMOROUS)

A1 humorous; causing laughter: 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 your leg 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 washing machine 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 thing happened to me on the way to the crematorium. I felt funny when I realized everyone was watching me. It's funny how Alec always disappears whenever 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 working correctly).

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  • funny adjective (ILL)

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

funnynoun

uk   /ˈfʌn.i/ us   /ˈfʌn.i/
(Definition of funny from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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