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humorous

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adjective hu·mor·ous \ˈhyüm-rəs, ˈyüm-, ˈhyü-mə-, ˈyü-\

Simple Definition of humorous

  • : causing laughter

Full Definition of humorous

  1. 1 obsolete :  humid

  2. 2 a :  full of or characterized by humor :  funny b :  indicating or expressive of a sense of humor

hu·mor·ous·ly adverb
hu·mor·ous·ness noun

Examples of humorous

  1. The book is very humorous.

  2. <the humorous moments in an otherwise somber affair>



15th Century

First Known Use of humorous

15th century

Synonym Discussion of humorous

witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind <a witty remark>. humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity <humorous anecdotes>. facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor <facetious comments>. jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking <a jocular fellow>. jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness <jocose proposals>.

Rhymes with humorous


HUMOROUS Defined for Kids

humorous

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adjective hu·mor·ous \ˈhyü-mə-rəs, ˈyü-\

Definition of humorous

  1. :  full of humor :  funny

hu·mor·ous·ly adverb




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