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

Several celebs have been posting some hilarious and eye opening comments on his recent posts. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Just Dropped More Photos from His Calvin Klein Collection and My Jaw is On the Floor," 9 May 2019 Unsurprisingly, the Twittersphere created an onslaught of hilarious and relatable memes based on Kim's images of North. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Borrowed Kim Kardashian's High Heel Snakeskin Boots," 25 Apr. 2019 The physical comedy was bold, energetic and hilarious. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'SNL' salutes wacky woman, holds the politics," 13 May 2018 Reese responded to the false pregnancy report by calling out the tabloid on Instagram, and her approach was nothing short of hilarious. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Reese Witherspoon Responds to Rumors That She's Pregnant With Her Fourth Child," 18 Mar. 2019 The hilarious, wrenchingly real series is destined to become your new favorite show. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Aidy Bryant's New Hulu Series,'Shrill,' Is Much More Than a 'Body-Positivity Show'," 5 Mar. 2019 Of all the ways that a person can mess up—literally, any person, doing almost anything, at almost any time—falling down is both one of the simplest and the most reliably hilarious. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Yankees' Greatest Need, Unlikely All-Stars and Midsummer Classic Changes," 11 June 2018 Arguably the only good thing to come out of the dumpster fire year that was 2016, Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's bold, hilarious, and emotionally raw comedy, is finally returning for a second run this spring. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fleabag Season 2: Everything We Know," 11 Apr. 2019 Most Read Entertainment Stories The final image of Gronk out of uniform, hilarious. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Gronk unleashed: Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun," 25 Mar. 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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Dictionary Entries near hilarious

hikuli

hilar

Hilaria

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 How to pronounce hilarious (audio) \

Kids Definition of hilarious

: very funny

Other Words from hilarious

hilariously adverb

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