How do you say FUNNY in Italian?

How exactly do you say funny in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being funny in Italian. Read on to learn all you need to know!


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Funny in Italian


Divertente is how you translate funny into Italian. Let’s listen to how this adjective is pronounced.

Its pronunciation is similar to dee-vehr-TEN-teh and it comes from the Latin word devertere, meaning “to turn the other way, to deviate”. Make sure the final -e has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!


kids enjoying themselves

Like all other adjectives in Italian, divertente needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If a movie is funny, you would say divertente because movie, film, is a singular noun in Italian.

Likewise, you will say divertenti, if you’re talking about some jokes, barzellette, which is a plural noun.

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For example, you could say…

Conosci delle barzellette divertenti?
Do you know any funny jokes?

Ho visto un film molto divertente sabato sera.
I saw a very funny movie on Saturday night.

Matteo pensa di essere divertente, ma è solo antipatico!
Matteo thinks he’s funny, but he’s just obnoxious!

Smettila, non è divertente!
Stop it, it’s not funny!

bullies bullying a kid

Buffo is another way to translate funny in Italian. It literally means “odd, amusing”.


For example, you could say…

Questo vestito avrà un aspetto buffo, ma a me piace.
This dress may look funny, but I like it.

You can also find strano, “strange”.


C’è uno strano odore in questa stanza.
There’s a funny smell in this room.

boy smelling something and pinching his nose

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say funny in Italian!

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