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 The bubbly influencer has literally been saving quarantine with hilarious (and relatable) videos. Nandi Howard, Essence, "How Rickey Thompson Is Staying Sane During Quarantine," 19 May 2020 My God, that is so hilarious, the wit, the insight! Thomas Beller, The New Yorker, "A Few Words About Jerry Stiller," 12 May 2020 In a new clip, each contestant and coach is shown trying to navigate the equipment and accompanying instructions—sometimes with questionable (and hilarious) results. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How Will the Live Rounds Work on 'The Voice' This Season?," 4 May 2020 The film is hilarious, heartwarming, and quite possibly one of the best films that Netflix has released over the past few years. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "The Half of It" and Their Characters," 1 May 2020 The stories are by turns poignant, hilarious, unexpected, amazing, and always restorative of faith in humanity. oregonlive, "45 podcasts to pass the time and (maybe) make you smarter during isolation," 29 Apr. 2020 The comments are generally hilarious, opinionated, forceful, and heartfelt. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "For a columnist in the digital age, there’s no wait for the hate," 3 Mar. 2020 Their backdrops are hilarious: Basically all of the corporate drama in the book happens around fire pits, at themed bars or twee espresso spots, in hot tubs and at Lake Tahoe. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Scrolling Through the Rise, and Takeover, of Instagram," 14 Apr. 2020 Dogspotting: From urban-dwelling to beach rovers, these canines are hilarious. Dallas News, "These happiness hacks can add some cheer to your life," 5 Apr. 2020

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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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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hilarious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilarious. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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