gallows humor

noun

Definition of gallows humor

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

First Known Use of gallows humor

1901


GALLOWS HUMOR Defined for English Language Learners

gallows humor

noun

Definition of gallows humor for English Language Learners

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

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