Funny vs. Playful - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Funny (adjective)

    Amusing; humorous; comical. from the mid-18th c.

    "When I went to the circus, I only found the clowns funny."

  • Funny (adjective)

    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."

  • Funny (adjective)

    Showing unexpected resentment.

  • Funny (noun)

    A joke.

  • Funny (noun)

    A comic strip.

  • Funny (noun)

    A narrow clinker-built boat for sculling.

  • Funny (adverb)

    In an unusual manner; strangely.

  • Playful (adjective)

    liking play, prone to play frequently, such as a child or kitten; rather sportive.

    "Actually, we are pretty playful in our romantic life."

  • Playful (adjective)

    funny, humorous, jesting, frolicsome.

    "John is a playful fellow."

    "A party hat is a playful conical hat people wear at parties."

  • Playful (adjective)

    fun, recreational, not serious.

    "A brainteaser is a playful puzzle posed as a test of intelligence."

  • Playful (adjective)

    experimental.

    "He was a rather playful artist."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Funny (adjective)

    causing laughter or amusement; humorous

    "the play is hilariously funny"

    "a funny story"

  • Funny (adjective)

    used to emphasize that something is serious or should be taken seriously

    "stealing other people's work isn't funny"

  • Funny (adjective)

    difficult to explain or understand; strange or odd

    "I had a funny feeling you'd be around"

    "the funny thing is I can't remember much about it"

    "I do get some funny looks"

    "it's a funny old world"

    "that's funny!—that vase of flowers has been moved"

  • Funny (adjective)

    unusual, especially in such a way as to arouse suspicion

    "there was something funny going on"

  • Funny (adjective)

    slightly but undefinably unwell

    "suddenly my stomach felt funny"

    "Are you okay? You look a bit funny"

  • Funny (noun)

    comic strips in newspapers

    "I read the sports page, funnies, and editorial"

  • Funny (noun)

    a joke or witty remark

    "he regaled his hosts with a few funnies"

    "I was trying to make a funny, but failed miserably"

  • Playful (adjective)

    fond of games and amusement; light-hearted

    "a playful tomboy who loves to dress up"

  • Playful (adjective)

    intended for one's own or others' amusement rather than seriously

    "he gave me a playful punch on the arm"

  • Playful (adjective)

    giving or expressing pleasure and amusement

    "the ballet accents the playful use of movement"

Webster Dictionary

  • Funny (adjective)

    Droll; comical; amusing; laughable; inciting laughter.

  • Funny (noun)

    A clinkerbuit, narrow boat for sculling.

  • Playful (adjective)

    Sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy; humorous; merry; as, a playful child; a playful writer.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Funny (adjective)

    arousing or provoking laughter;

    "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"

    "an amusing fellow"

    "a comic hat"

    "a comical look of surprise"

    "funny stories that made everybody laugh"

    "a very funny writer"

    "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"

    "a mirthful experience"

    "risible courtroom antics"

  • Funny (adjective)

    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected;

    "a curious hybrid accent"

    "her speech has a funny twang"

    "they have some funny ideas about war"

    "had an odd name"

    "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"

    "something definitely queer about this town"

    "what a rum fellow"

    "singular behavior"

  • Funny (adjective)

    not as expected;

    "there was something fishy about the accident"

    "up to some funny business"

    "some definitely queer goings-on"

    "a shady deal"

    "her motives were suspect"

    "suspicious behavior"

  • Funny (adjective)

    experiencing odd bodily sensations;

    "told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest"

  • Funny (adverb)

    in a strange manner;

    "a queerly inscribed sheet of paper"

    "he acted kind of funny"

  • Funny (adverb)

    in a comical manner;

    "she acted comically"

  • Playful (adjective)

    full of fun and high spirits;

    "playful children sjust let loose from school"

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