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Funny vs. Comical: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 2, 2023
"Funny" refers to something that causes laughter or amusement, while "comical" denotes a humorous or amusing quality often related to absurdity.

Key Differences

Funny and Comical are both adjectives used to describe something that causes laughter or amusement. "Funny" has a broader application, encompassing anything that evokes a chuckle or a smile. "Comical," on the other hand, often implies a certain element of absurdity or exaggerated humor.
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Sep 20, 2023
When we label something as funny, we're indicating that it has the power to entertain and make one laugh. This could be because of a situation, a joke, a comment, or even a look. Comical, meanwhile, leans more towards situations or appearances that seem almost cartoonish or out of the ordinary in their humorous appeal.
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Sep 20, 2023
The word funny can also be subjective and based on personal taste. What one person finds funny might not be humorous to another. Comical, although also subjective to an extent, tends to highlight the ridiculous or bizarre nature of something, making it more universally recognizable as humorous.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 20, 2023
Usage-wise, funny is more versatile. It can describe a feeling ("I have a funny feeling"), a taste ("This tastes funny"), or even physical sensations ("My leg feels funny"). Comical, however, is almost exclusively used to describe scenarios, behaviors, or appearances that are humorously absurd.
Harlon Moss
Sep 20, 2023
In everyday conversation, funny is a more commonly used term. Whether sharing a joke, narrating an incident, or describing a film, people often opt for "funny." Comical might be chosen to emphasize the silliness or absurdity of a situation.
Harlon Moss
Sep 20, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Scope

Broader, applies to various forms of amusement.
Often linked to absurd or exaggerated humor.
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Subjectivity

Can be highly subjective.
Though subjective, often points to clear absurdities.
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Usage Diversity

Describes feelings, tastes, sensations, and humor.
Mainly describes absurd, humorous situations or appearances.
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Commonality in Speech

More commonly used in everyday conversation.
Less frequent, emphasizes silliness or absurdity.
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Implication

Simply humorous.
Humorous with an undertone of absurdity.
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Funny and Comical Definitions

Funny

Strange or odd.
There's a funny smell in this room.
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Sep 20, 2023

Comical

Resembling or befitting a comedian.
His comical antics had everyone in stitches.
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Funny

Causing laughter or amusement.
That joke you told was really funny.
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Comical

Amusingly unconventional.
His comical attire made him stand out at the party.
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Sep 20, 2023

Funny

Suspicious or questionable.
There's something funny about his story.
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Comical

Invoking laughter through exaggerated or absurd means.
The play's comical misunderstandings led to non-stop laughter.
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Funny

Causing laughter or amusement
A funny cartoon.
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Comical

Ludicrously or whimsically humorous.
The way the dog chased its tail was quite comical.
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Funny

Making or given to making amusing jokes or witticisms
A colleague who is very funny.
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Comical

Provoking mirth or amusement; funny.
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Funny

Appropriate as the subject of a joke; deserving of a joke. Used in negative sentences to express disapproval or to emphasize the seriousness of something
There is nothing funny about getting the flu.
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Comical

Of or relating to comedy.
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Funny

Difficult to account for; unusual or odd
I had a funny feeling that she would call.
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Comical

(archaic) Originally, relating to comedy.
It was a comical performance.
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Funny

Suspiciously odd
It's funny how I seem to lose something every time he comes around.
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Comical

Funny, whimsically amusing.
The tutor excelled in comical scoldings.
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Funny

Counterfeit or fraudulent
Tried to pass off funny money as legitimate.
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Comical

Laughable; ridiculous.
He's just put salt in his tea instead of sugar. What a comical error!
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Funny

(Informal) Somewhat ill, painful, or abnormal
I felt funny after eating those clams. "a mole on his arm that has started to go funny" (Ann Cummins).
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Comical

Relating to comedy.
They deny it to be tragical because its catastrophe is a wedding, which hath ever been accounted comical.
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Funny

Offensively forward or disrespectful
She told him off after he started to get funny.
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Comical

Exciting mirth; droll; laughable; as, a comical story.
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Funny

Contrary to one's demands or expectations
Don't let the prisoners do anything funny.
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Comical

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
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Funny

A joke; a witticism
"He laughed because he did not know I was not making a funny" (Jonathan Safran Foer).
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Comical

Relating to comedy as a form of entertainment.
The movie had a comical plot twist.
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Sep 20, 2023

Funny

Comic strips.
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Funny

The section of a newspaper containing comic strips.
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Funny

Amusing; humorous; comical.
When I went to the circus, I only found the clowns funny.
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Funny

Strange or unusual, often implying unpleasant.
The milk smelt funny so I poured it away.
I've got a funny feeling that this isn't going to work.
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Funny

Showing unexpected resentment.
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Funny

Homosexual; gay
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Funny

(informal) A joke.
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Funny

(informal) A comic strip.
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Funny

(rowing) A rowboat with both ends pointed and out of the water.
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Funny

(British) A narrow clinker-built boat for sculling.
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Funny

(nonstandard) In an unusual manner; strangely.
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Funny

In a manner seen as being typical of a homosexual, or indicating homosexuality
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Funny

Droll; comical; amusing; laughable; inciting laughter.
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Funny

A clinkerbuit, narrow boat for sculling.
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Funny

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
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Funny

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
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Funny

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
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Funny

Experiencing odd bodily sensations;
Told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest
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Funny

In a strange manner;
A queerly inscribed sheet of paper
He acted kind of funny
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Funny

In a comical manner;
She acted comically
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Funny

Producing a weird sensation.
This drink left a funny taste in my mouth.
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Sep 20, 2023

Funny

Pertaining to humor.
He has a funny sense of humor.
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FAQs

Which is more commonly used in speech?

Funny is more commonly used.
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Which is broader in terms of meaning, Funny or Comical?

Funny is broader, while Comical often relates to absurdity.
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Sep 20, 2023

Is Comical derived from the word comedy?

Yes, it relates to or resembles comedy.
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Sep 20, 2023

Can Funny be used as a noun?

Yes, as in "he's a funny."
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Sep 20, 2023

Can Funny describe something suspicious?

Yes, as in "something funny is going on."
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Can Funny have a negative connotation?

Yes, when referring to something odd or suspicious.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 20, 2023

Is Comical only about visual humor?

No, it can describe situations, behaviors, or spoken humor too.
Janet White
Sep 20, 2023

Can Funny describe tastes and sensations?

Yes, like "this tastes funny."
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Sep 20, 2023

Is Comical always about laughter?

Mostly, but it emphasizes silliness or absurdity.
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Sep 20, 2023

When should I use Comical over Funny?

When emphasizing the absurd or exaggerated nature of humor.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 20, 2023

Are both Funny and Comical subjective terms?

Yes, what one person finds funny or comical, another might not.
Harlon Moss
Sep 20, 2023

Are all comical situations funny?

Generally, yes, but not all funny situations are necessarily comical.
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Sep 20, 2023

Can I use Funny and Comical interchangeably?

Sometimes, but they have nuances, so context matters.
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Sep 20, 2023

Can a person's behavior be described as Funny?

Yes, if it evokes laughter or seems odd.
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Sep 20, 2023

Does Comical always imply exaggerated humor?

Often, but not always.
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