Definition of hilarious
: marked by or causing hilarity : extremely funny
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.
Recent Examples of hilarious from the Web
Contributing to the festive mood, Durant engaged in a hilarious staredown with Rihanna, who had heckled him from her courtside seat.
But Oswalt followed intensely confessional moments like that with equally hilarious imagery, here describing being peppered with unfiltered questions from his daughter's friends after four sleepless nights.
Some are learned, some passionate, some angry, some hilarious, some borderline bonkers, some — the best — all of the above.
For instance, a band concert performed using only whoopee cushions is less than hilarious.
Channing Tatum teams up with his Magic Mike director, Steven Soderbergh, to bring us Logan Lucky, a heist film that is leaning into the absurd and the hilarious.
This hilarious Rossini opera is the one in which Figaro’s here, Figaro’s there, and Figaro helps Count Almaviva to abduct Rosina from her disagreeable elderly guardian, Doctor Bartolo.
The hilarious rejection is a spoof from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but that's okay.
The songs are hilarious and cool, somewhat like a frantic mash of Frank Zappa and Flaming Lips with a dose of old Disney musicals for good measure.
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Origin and Etymology of hilarious
irregular from Latin hilarus, hilaris cheerful, from Greek hilaros
First Known Use: circa 1840
HILARIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hilarious for English Language Learners
: very funny
HILARIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of hilarious for Students
: very funny
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