Other Ways To Say Funny In English

Learn different ways to say funny in English. It will help you to broaden your vocabulary, to have different ways to say the same thing.

When you’re writing or even when you’re speaking to people, you shouldn’t use the same word over and over again.

And if you’re preparing for  IELTS or another type of English examination, then it’s really really important to have a wider vocabulary. So when you’re writing an essay, you’re not repeating the same word in the first paragraph, the second paragraph and so on.

Hopefully, with these exercises, I’ll give you a little bit of encouragement to help you to use different words.

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Other ways to say funny in English

Hi, there this is Harry and welcome back to my advanced English lessons.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about the word ‘funny’ and different ways to say funny in English.

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Let’s take the first one then:

amusing

Meaning: amusing is funny, but not something that is side-splitting, not the best joke you’ve ever heard, or the funniest story you’ve ever read

Examples:

He found the story amusing and would occasionally break into laughter.

Overall, I found the book amusing and fun; definitely worthwhile picking up.

The next word is

hilarious

Meaning: this is really really funny; a little bit higher level than amusing

Examples:

I found the joke hilarious and wanted to share it with everybody.

The story Adam told us was hilarious.

The first movie was hilarious, and I couldn’t wait to see the second one.

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The next we have the word

witty

Meaning: witty is funny but in a smart or clever way; you might laugh

Example:

I love his witty remarks, but they are not always kind.

Somebody clever and smart with words would be described as witty.

The next word is

comical

Meaning: quite funny and amusing

Example:

If you get stuck in an elevator with your boss, the situation could be quite comical.

I kept reading and found that the story was comical right to the end.

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The next word is

humorous

Meaning: quite funny, a bit like comical

Examples:

Come here I’ll tell you a funny story. I’m sure you’ll find it humorous.

The photographer captured the humorous looks between me and two of my best male friends on the table next to us.

The next word I have is

wacky

Meaning:  funny, but on the odd side of funny; it’s not the same as everybody

Example:

The faces Jim Carrey makes in “The Mask” are really wacky.

Another word to describe funny is the word

droll

Meaning: witty, unusual, mildly funny, but a little bit strange

Someone with a dry sense of humour.

Example:

Adam has a dry sense of humour and often makes droll remarks with a quiet smile.

The running commentary was informative and amusingly droll.

Other ways to say funny

When you check out the word funny, and you’re looking for synonyms, you probably come up against the word

entertaining

Now, in itself, ‘entertaining’ doesn’t necessarily mean it’s funny. There are lots of things in life that are entertaining, but they’re not necessarily funny.

You can go to the movies and it can be entertaining but it might be a thriller or it could be a love story, so it’s not really funny.

Or you could go to the circus and the clowns can be funny but the rest of the show can be just entertaining.

It is a synonym that people use when they’re talking about ‘funny’.

Funny is entertaining.

But everything entertaining isn’t necessarily funny.

So you have to distinguish between both funny and entertaining.

If you’re listening to a comedy show, I’m sure you’ll find it very very entertaining and hopefully you will laugh. Particularly if there are new comics with new stories.

Other ways to say funny

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An expression we often hear when we talk about something that’s funny

sidesplitting

Meaning: literally I split my sides laughing; really funny, you can’t stop laughing

Example:

Honestly, his show was sidesplitting. I think I went to bed still laughing.

Another expression we often hear when we talk about something amusing or something funny is

I burst out laughing

Meaning: you just can’t stop yourself and suddenly start laughing

Example:

The situation was comical and I tried hard to keep a straight face and not to burst out laughing.

Other ways to say funny

The final expression I have for you is

it cracks me up

Or it cracked me up. This is an expression you hear in British English all the time.

Meaning: something or somebody that makes you laugh a lot

Example:

I love ‘Only Fools and Horses’, these guys really crack me up. If you watch the programme, they’ll probably crack you up as well.

So these are some different ways to say funny in English. So now you can improve your vocabulary, and you don’t have to use the same word all the time.

So you have to do a bit of practising. Let me give them to you one more time

  • it is/was amusing
  • hilarious
  • witty
  • comical
  • humorous
  • wacky
  • droll
  • entertaining
  • side-splitting
  • I burst out laughing
  • it cracks me up

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For more information on English grammar rules, English collocations and English idioms, check out the links below:

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