hilarious

adjective
hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs , 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

And Sarah Silverman recently posted a hilarious photo of herself and her ex-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel with his wife, Molly McNearney. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Anna Faris Reacts to Chris Pratt’s Engagement and Ushers in the New Era of Amicable Celebrity Splits," 16 Jan. 2019 The novelty of being able to watch someone else's dinner get made from halfway across the country was hilarious and thrilling. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 There’s a new, slimmer Apple Watch that can perform EKGs The fourth-generation Apple Watch was announced with an objectively hilarious and very dramatic hype reel. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "New phones, new Apple Watch, same old pomp and circumstance.," 12 Sep. 2018 Regardless of the reason, Jamil thought the mishap was hilarious. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jameela Jamil Wore Jeans to the Golden Globes—Under Her Gown," 7 Jan. 2019 Neither man actually does anything that could be considered overtly funny, yet somehow the whole scene is hilarious. Will Friedwald, WSJ, "Laughs That Stand the Test of Time," 26 Dec. 2018 Caliendo still promises to do impersonations, but expect this set to get a little more personal (though no less hilarious). Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 1 – June 7," 31 May 2018 The whole thing is hilarious, masterful, a classic. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, "What Richard Pryor’s Stand-Up Can Teach Writers," 31 May 2018 However, Clarkson may have gone back on her word once the competition got going, and the results were hilarious. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Blocked Jennifer Hudson on 'The Voice' and Her Reaction Was Priceless," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near hilarious

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hilar

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hilarious

hilarity

Hilarymas

Hilary term

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The first known use of hilarious was circa 1840

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hilarious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hilarious

: very funny

hilarious

adjective
hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs \

Kids Definition of hilarious

: very funny

Other Words from hilarious

hilariously adverb

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