gallows humor

noun
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of gallows humor

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

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1901

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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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