hilarious

adjective
hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs How to pronounce hilarious (audio) , hī- \

Definition of hilarious

: marked by or causing hilarity : extremely funny

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Other Words from hilarious

hilariously adverb
hilariousness noun

Examples of hilarious in a Sentence

Raymond is different, so well written and acted, so perfectly pitched, that even the silences, especially the silences, are hilarious. It makes comedy look easy. — James Morris, Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved (by children) and reviled (by critics and librarians) book, is quirky, well acted, often hilarious, and visually sumptuous, but don't go to it expecting sweetness in anything except the title. — Richard Alleva, Commonweal, 12 Aug. 2005 In fairness, McEnroe does have genuine passion for the game, and his willingness to take on the sport's sacred cows is admirable. His candor and hilarious random ruminations as an analyst make even the most lopsided matches worth watching. — Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated, 17 Sept. 2001 Since his material is genuinely funny, at times hilarious, it makes for a smashing use of audio as a unique entertainment medium. Sedaris has an unexpectedly high-pitched voice that comes across as majorly mischievous in its delivery … Publishers Weekly, 5 May 1997 Some people don't like his comedy, but I think he's hilarious. She gave us a hilarious account of her first days as a teacher.
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Recent Examples on the Web But kids are hilarious, and laughing with my daughters is my saving grace. New York Times, "They Save the Day. (Every Day.) Six Moms on Their Superpowers.," 8 May 2021 So now Mark and Kendal have to compete together in the elimination, which will be hilarious because Mark doesn't like Kendal and was actually trying to send her home earlier. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: All Stars recap: Another double elimination shakes up house politics," 7 May 2021 Because his fellow garbage-time performers went out of their way to feed him last year, his per 36 minutes stats (25.1 points, 16.4 rebounds) were hilarious. BostonGlobe.com, "With the playoffs looming, here’s a player-by-player look at the state of the Celtics," 4 May 2021 Drinking a Bloody Mary at night just feels wrong and confusing, sacrilegious even, which is hilarious because everything else goes. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make a Perfect Bloody Mary, the Ultimate Brunch Cocktail," 15 Apr. 2021 There’s a truffle auction that is hilarious in its earnestness — fitting because this is a serious, and lucrative, business. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How 'The Truffle Hunters' turns obsession over the delicacy into a moving film about life," 7 Apr. 2021 Your recent column about the Impeachment Trial was hilarious. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Fan Mail: ‘Miserable, Evil’ columnist loves ‘PooPoo Pants Biden’ like typical ‘Democrat Elite Scum!’," 5 Apr. 2021 When Nash told her three kids, all young adults now, that she was officially romantically involved with her good friend Jessica, their initial reaction was hilarious. Charli Penn, Essence, "6 Things We Learned About Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts' Sweet Love Story On ‘Red Table Talk’," 1 Apr. 2021 Any episode with the writer and comedian is sure to be hilarious — after all, Mulaney helped create Bill Hader's fan-favourite character Stefon. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "SNL‘s Season 46 Host Lineup Is Everything," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hilarious

circa 1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hilarious

irregular from Latin hilarus, hilaris cheerful, from Greek hilaros

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The first known use of hilarious was circa 1840

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15 May 2021

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“Hilarious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilarious. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for hilarious

hilarious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hilarious

: very funny

hilarious

adjective
hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs How to pronounce hilarious (audio) \

Kids Definition of hilarious

: very funny

Other Words from hilarious

hilariously adverb

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