General English

Cars & Driving

  • noun a cup-shaped object tapering at the bottom to a small hole and a spout, used for pouring oil, fuel or water into relatively small openings


  • noun a chimney for a ship’s engine

Origin & History of “funnel”

Etymologically, a funnel is something used for ‘pouring in’. The word comes via Provençal fonilh from Latin infundibulum ‘funnel’. this was a derivative of infundere ‘pour in’, a compound verb formed from in- ‘in’ and fundere ‘pour’ (source of English found ‘melt’, foundry, and fuse).