funny vs shady what difference

what is difference between funny and shady



  • (US) enPR: fŭnʹē, IPA(key): /ˈfʌni/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfʌni/, /ˈfʌnɪ/
  • (Northern England) IPA(key): /ˈfʊnɪ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌni
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From fun +‎ -y.


funny (comparative funnier, superlative funniest)

  1. Amusing; humorous; comical. [from the mid-18th c.]
    When I went to the circus, I only found the clowns funny.
  2. Strange or unusual, often implying unpleasant. [from the early 19th c.]
    The milk smelt funny so I poured it away.
    I’ve got a funny feeling that this isn’t going to work.
  3. (Britain, informal) Showing unexpected resentment.
  4. (Jamaican, offensive, derogatory) homosexual; gay
    • 2005, Damian Marley, “Welcome to Jamrock”, Welcome to Jamrock (album title) [1].
      Funny man ah get drop like a bad habit.
  • See also Thesaurus:funny
  • See also Thesaurus:strange
Derived terms
Related terms
  • fun


funny (plural funnies)

  1. (informal) A joke.
  2. (informal) A comic strip.


funny (not comparable)

  1. (nonstandard) In an unusual manner; strangely.
  2. (Jamaican, offensive, derogatory) In a manner seen as being typical of a homosexual, or indicating homosexuality
    • 2002, Sean Paul, “Like Glue”, Dutty Rock (album title) [2].
      Dem nuh waan nuh honey, dem only waan di money. Dat’s how me know seh dem bwoy deh all a move funny.
    • 2018, Jah Lando, Money Hard, [3].
      Nuff boy move funny just fi get money.

Etymology 2

Perhaps a jocular use of funny. See above.


funny (plural funnies)

  1. (Britain) A narrow clinker-built boat for sculling.



From shade +‎ -y. Compare Saterland Frisian skaadich, skaddich (shady), German schattig (shady).


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃeɪdi/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdi


shady (comparative shadier, superlative shadiest)

  1. Abounding in shades.
  2. Causing shade.
    • The shady trees cover him with their shadow.
  3. Overspread with shade; sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Building
      you may have rooms both for summer and winter; shady for summer, and warm for winter
  4. (informal) Not trustworthy; disreputable.
    He is a shady character.
    • 2009: Stuart Heritage, Hecklerspray, Friday the 22nd of May in 2009 at 1 o’clock p.m., “Jon & Kate Latest: People You Don’t Know Do Crap You Don’t Care About”
      Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a show based on two facts: 1) Jon and Kate Gosselin have eight children, and 2) the word ‘Kate’ rhymes with the word ‘eight’. One suspects that if Kate were ever to have another child, a shady network executive would urge her to put it in a binbag with a brick and drop it down a well. But this is just a horrifying tangent.
  5. (Britain, slang) Mean, cruel.
    Don’t be shady, give us a go.


  • (not trustworthy): corrupt, dodgy, dubious, equivocal, seedy, sketchy, suspicious



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