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13 Funny (and Punny) Compliments That’ll Win Everyone Over

Who doesn't love a good pat on the back? Here, we've rounded up 13 funny compliments that are sure to make anyone's day.

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Make someone’s day today

Receiving compliments is actually good for your health. It increases happiness, can make your relationships better, and helps to improve performance. Research has even found that giving someone a compliment is akin to giving someone cash. And since laughter really is the best medicine (that’s right, it can reduce stress and boost your immune system), there’s nothing better than giving a funny compliment. It’s free, kind, and can make someone’s day. Before you get started, just make sure to read up on how to successfully give a compliment. OK, what’re you waiting for? These are 13 of the funniest compliments to start doling out to the most important people in your life ASAP.

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For the movie buff

Awards season is right around the corner, so what better way to serve up a funny compliment than with something Academy Award-themed. And if you’re talking to someone with a cheesy sense of humor, then this corny compliment will definitely cheer them up. Find out what the Oscars used to be like.

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For your confidant

Who’s the friend that makes you feel welcome, wanted, and comfortable? You know, someone who’s like a walking hug—kind of like a calming weighted blanket for your soul. They’re the one to text this compliment to right now. You should also check out these cute puns that will make you smile.

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For your BFF

It may not be one of these best friend-approved gifts, but this funny compliment is something free you can gift to your BFF at any time.

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For your crush

Not punny enough for you? How about: “You must be a banana because I find you very a-peeling.” Still no? “I love you from my head tomatoes.” Giving your crush a lighthearted, pun-filled compliment is never a bad idea. But don’t stop with these! Here are even more punny food pickup lines that guarantee a chuckle.

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For the risk-taker

Got a friend who thrives on last-minute, crazy plans and adventure of any kind? Then this is one of those funny compliments that the rebel in your life is sure to appreciate. While you’re at it, the two of you should check out these travel jokes that are just plain funny.

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For that someone special

One part compliment, one part pickup line, letting someone know they’re on your mind from sun up to sun down—and then some—is right up there with the 18 best compliments anyone can ever receive.

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For your favorite Trekkie

This compliment is perfect for the person in your life who understands the line, “Beam me up, Scottie!” Just don’t accidentally tell this compliment to a Star Wars fan!

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For the foodie

Does a compliment get 99 percent better by adding a pun, or is it just us? The foodie in your life will surely appreciate this one, or you can try out more food puns.

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For the tech-lover

You’re sure to get an LOL by giving—or, better yet, by texting—this funny compliment. Pair it with a ridiculous GIF to upgrade to a LMAO. Ready to byte? These funny tech cartoons will make you laugh so hard you’ll fall offline.

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For the animal lover

“You’re owl I need.” “That’s the seal-iest thing I’ve ever heard!” The list of funny animal puns for the pet lover in your life goes on, and on, and on… just “let minnow what you think” of these.

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For the mom in your life

If anyone could use a funny compliment, it’s a new mom or, better yet, your mom. And you don’t have to wait for Mother’s Day for it! Want to give a little more than simply a compliment? Here’s what a new mom really needs.

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For your spouse

Giving compliments is said to be the key to wedded bliss. Here are tiny compliments that will make your spouse’s day—and keep your marriage solid.

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For your frenemy

OK, so this one isn’t exactly as lovey-dovey as the rest. Yes, some compliments can actually be insults, but some situations might just call for a little jab. Here’s how to tell if you’ve got a frenemy on your hands. Or, you know, this could be used as a funny “compliment” to send one of your friends with a great sense of humor. True friends can take some good-natured fun!

Melissa Mills
Melissa is a writer, editor, and digital media specialist. Formerly, she was the Senior Manager of Editorial Operations at Bustle Digital Group. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Romper, and Glamour.