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gallows humor

noun

Simple Definition of gallows humor

  • : humor that relates to very serious or frightening things (such as death and illness)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gallows humor

  1. :  humor that makes fun of a life-threatening, disastrous, or terrifying situation

1901

First Known Use of gallows humor

1901

Rhymes with gallows humor


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