funny bone
noun Etymology: from the tingling felt when it is struck Date: 1840 1. the place at the back of the elbow where the ulnar nerve rests against a prominence of the humerus 2. a sense of humor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • funny bone — {n.} 1. The place at the back of the elbow that hurts like electricity when accidentally hit. * /He hit his funny bone on the arm of the chair./ 2. or {informal}[crazy bone] Sense of humor; understanding jokes. * /Her way of telling the story… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • funny bone — {n.} 1. The place at the back of the elbow that hurts like electricity when accidentally hit. * /He hit his funny bone on the arm of the chair./ 2. or {informal}[crazy bone] Sense of humor; understanding jokes. * /Her way of telling the story… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Funny bone — Funny Fun ny, a. [Compar. {Funnier}; superl. {Funniest}.] [From {Fun}.] Droll; comical; amusing; laughable; inciting laughter. [1913 Webster] {Funny bone}. See {crazy bone}, under {Crazy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • funny bone — funny bones N COUNT: usu sing Your funny bone is the soft part of your elbow which gives you an uncomfortable feeling on your skin if it is hit. [INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • funny bone — n [singular] the soft part of your elbow that particularly hurts when you hit it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • funny bone — funny ,bone noun singular INFORMAL the part of your elbow that hurts when you hit it against something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • funny bone — ► NOUN informal ▪ the part of the elbow over which the ulnar nerve passes, which may cause numbness and pain if knocked …   English terms dictionary

  • funny bone — n. [from its reaction to impact, but prob. suggested also by its relation to the humerus (hence, “humorous”)] 1. a place on the inner elbow where the ulnar nerve passes close to the surface: a sharp impact at this place causes a strange, tingling …   English World dictionary

  • funny bone — noun a point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve passes near the surface; a sharp tingling sensation results when the nerve is knocked against the bone the funny bone is not humerus • Syn: ↑crazy bone • Hypernyms: ↑ulnar nerve, ↑cubital nerve,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Funny bone — As in "it tickled my funny bone." When the elbow is bumped, the ulnar nerve running past the elbow is stimulated and produces a strange (funny) electric sensation. * * * fun·ny bone fən ē . n the place at the back of the elbow where the …   Medical dictionary

  • funny\ bone — noun 1. the place at the back of the elbow that hurts like electricity when accidentally hit. He hit his funny bone on the arm of the chair. 2. • informal crazy bone Sense of humor; understanding jokes. Her way of telling the story tickled his… …   Словарь американских идиом

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