the part of the elbow where the ulnar nerve passes by the internal condyle of the humerus, which when struck causes a peculiar, tingling sensation in the arm and hand; crazy bone.
a sense of humor.
the area near the elbow where the ulnar nerve is close to the surface of the skin: when it is struck, a sharp tingling sensation is experienced along the forearm and hand Also called (US) crazy bone
funny bone fun·ny bone (fŭn’ē)
A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a tingling sensation if knocked against bone.
A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a sharp tingling sensation when knocked against the bone. For example, Ouch! I just banged my funny bone. The expression is a pun on humerus (pronounced the same as humorous), the Latin name for the long bone of the arm. [ Early 1800s ]
A sense of humor, as in That comedian really tickles my funny bone. This expression is derived from def. 1.
noun, Older Use. 1. .
- Funny car
noun phrase A dramatically modified car, usually having a powerful engine, oversized wheels, a raised rear suspension, etc, esp a drag racer so modified: The ”funny” car, built for speed (1980s+)
noun, Slang. 1. a psychiatric hospital. noun 1. (facetious) a mental institution noun phrase A mental hospital, rest home for alcoholics, etc; laughing academy: Who put me in your private funny house?/ They must all have died in flop-houses or on state funny-farms (1963+)
- Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar
question Do you mean something funny that’s amusing, or something funny that’s strange?: Gore Vidal: You can see it in the career of Woody Allen, who was wildly funny. Kopkind: Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar? (1938+)