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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FUNNY, adj., n. Also funnie. Sc. usages:

I. adj. Curious, anxious (to know). This rare usage is developed on analogy with the double meaning of curious in Eng. = strange, peculiar, and also inquisitive.Cai. 1869 M. MacLennan Peasant Life 280:
I'm funny tae ken yer mind on a pint like that.

II. n. A game, usu. of marbles, where no score is kept and all winnings are restored to the loser at the end of play, the game being played for fun only and not in earnest. Gen.(exc. I.)Sc. Also in comb. funnie-winnie (Arg.1 1937).Lth. c.1875 (per Lnk.3):
If the game was “winnie” marbles hit were kept by the winner, if “funnie” they were returned at the end of the game.
Lth. 1885 “J. Strathesk” Blinkbonny 33:
Marbles or the bools was entirely a boys' game from the Ring, Winnie or Funny.
Ayr.9 1953:
We'll play for funny.

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"Funny adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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