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 Feel free to give him a text at 262-404-3664, and check out the hilarious response from his brother, T.J., who's having a huge year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "J.J. Watt decides to interact with fans by publicly announcing his cell phone number," 20 Nov. 2019 Witherspoon starts by busting out some hilarious (yet very hip) mom dance moves that have us actually cry laughing. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Reese Witherspoon's Comfy Sneakers Totally Steal the Show in Her First TikTok Video," 17 Oct. 2019 The creator of more than one hundred works—from a wealth of darkly hilarious books to the animated opening sequence of the PBS television series Mystery!—Gorey was a master of the amusing, the strange, and the unexpected. The Reader's Catalog, "Edward Gorey “Life is Sweet” Sterling Silver Pin," 17 June 2019 Achievement Unlocked remains a hilarious and fun example of the latter, and a seeming inspiration for Super Mario Odyssey’s goal-dense setting. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "In Praise of Ultra-Short Videogames," 8 June 2019 Click through the gallery above to see some of the hilarious memes (and fake lineups) that impatient social media users have come up with while waiting for Astroworld Festival's lineup. Jordan Ray, Houston Chronicle, "People are freaking out that Astroworld Festival's lineup hasn't dropped (yet)," 8 Nov. 2019 The butt dial is slapstick, the most inherently hilarious of twenty-first-century privacy perils. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us," 5 Nov. 2019 Naturally, Appleton shared the hilarious hair moment with his fans, too. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Got an Impromptu Haircut in the Middle of a Parking Lot," 31 Oct. 2019 Near-instant obscurity is the fate of many Halloween costumes, but their descent from timely and hilarious to huh? now skids down an ever steeper slope. Wired, "Meme Costumes Are Dead. Long Live the Meme Costume," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hilarious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilarious. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for hilarious

hilarious

adjective
How to pronounce hilarious (audio)

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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