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

Lonely Whale, a foundation co-founded by the actor Adrian Grenier, has a (slightly hilarious) YouTube video showing an octopus slapping straws from the mouths of luminaries, including model Brooklyn Decker and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 Last month, a Cruise Chevy Bolt being driven manually bumped into a Cruise Chevy Bolt in autonomous mode. Kinda hilarious, sure, but the minor incident has lessons to teach about the challenge of building self-driving car tech. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Lofty Goals, Raw Ambition," 7 July 2018 Besides being hilarious, submissions must be original and no longer than 7,000 words. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Deadline Extended For Twain House's Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest," 27 June 2018 The writers deal with death frankly and absurdly, making the whole thing hilarious and cathartic. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 Check out the internet's hilarious reactions below. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Here Are All of the Best Variations of the Jay-Z Jet Ski Meme," 5 July 2018 The results run the gamut between hilarious and heartbreaking. refinery29.com, "Glow Season 2 Review: There’s No Sophomore Slump Here," 21 June 2018 The video sparked a hilarious reaction on Twitter, with some Liverpool fans even calling for the club to sell the midfielder as a result! SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Call for Player to Be Sacked After Star Posts Holiday Video," 18 June 2018 Check out their hilarious reactions, then tune into the new season of Younger premiering tonight (June 5) at 10 p.m. on TV Land. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Younger Cast Has Some Thoughts About Ridiculous Millenial Trends," 5 June 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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hilar

Hilaria

hilarious

hilarity

Hilarymas

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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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