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fun·ny / ˈfənē/ • adj. (-ni·er , -ni·est ) 1. causing laughter or amusement; humorous: a funny story the play is hilariously funny. ∎  expressing a speaker's objection to another's laughter or mockery: She started to laugh. “What's so funny?” he asked. ∎  inf. used to emphasize that something is unpleasant or wrong and should be regarded seriously or avoided: stealing other people's work isn't funny. 2. difficult to explain or understand; strange: I had a funny feeling you'd be around a funny thing, democracy. ∎  unusual or odd; curious: Bev has a funny little stammer. ∎  unusual in such a way as to arouse suspicion: there was something funny going on. ∎  used to draw attention to or express surprise at a curious or interesting fact or occurrence: that's funny!—that vase of flowers has been moved. ∎ inf. (of a person or part of the body) not in wholly good health or order; slightly ill: suddenly my stomach felt funny. • n. (pl. -nies) (funnies) inf. ∎  the comic strips in newspapers: I read the sports page, funnies, and editorial. PHRASES: see the funny side (of something) appreciate the humorous aspect of a situation or experience. (oh) very funny! inf. used ironically to indicate that a speaker does not share another's joke or amusement.DERIVATIVES: fun·ni·ness / ˈfənēnis/ n.

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