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Language tip of the week: funny

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This week’s language tip looks at some other ways of saying something is funny:



amusing fairly funny, in a way that makes you smile: Eddie was full of jokes and amusing stories.
humorous used for describing stories or remarks that are meant to be funny: a humorous account of his years in professional football
comical or comic funny and silly or strange: The way we met was quite comical.
hilarious very funny, in a way that makes you laugh: Some people find his comedy routines strange, but I think they’re hilarious.
witty used for describing remarks that are funny and clever, or people who often make this kind of remark: She tried to think of something original and witty to say.
light-hearted fairly funny and meant to entertain people: used especially when the subject you are talking about is usually considered in a serious way: a light-hearted look at the life of a medical student
jokey meant to make people laugh: She found his jokey comments annoying.

Here are some more words that mean funny:

playful intended to be funny or friendly rather than serious: There’s a great deal of dialogue in the book, much of it in the form of playful banter.
hysterical extremely funny: He didn’t have a clue what was going on, and we all thought it was hysterical.
priceless extremely funny: Her facial expression was absolutely priceless.
wry funny and clever: The programme was full of wry observations about married life.

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