gallows humor

noun

Definition of gallows humor

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

Examples of gallows humor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a long tradition of dark comedy, dating back centuries — a gallows humor for folks who see the entire world as a gallow. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 1 Nov. 2021 The drumbeat of attacks has inspired gallows humor among cyber professionals also grappling with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic. David Uberti, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 These are guys who were already making jokes about COVID on a public forum as far back as April 2020, instead of reserving that sort of gallows humor for private conversation like the rest of the cultural elite. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Those attending the talk in Turin could hear in those words that same gallows humor – that similar mix of outrage and impishness – that has become a hallmark of Mograbi’s work. Ben Croll, Variety, 4 Dec. 2021 Thank you for moms in your corner and gallows humor and the sun that rises, no matter what. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 14 Sep. 2021 Thank you for moms in your corner and gallows humor and the sun that rises, no matter what. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 14 Sep. 2021 Thank you for moms in your corner and gallows humor and the sun that rises, no matter what. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 14 Sep. 2021 For us, the way through is with a sense of humor, and in this case gallows humor was in order. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of gallows humor

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gallows humor was in 1901

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18 Jan 2022

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“Gallows humor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallows%20humor. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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gallows humor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gallows humor

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

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