hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs How to pronounce hilarious (audio) , hī- \

Definition of hilarious

: marked by or causing hilarity : extremely funny

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web For viewers, being able to rob a streamer of sleep is hilarious, but sleepers are drawn to further extremes to keep audiences entertained. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 While the main character is hilarious, but the book, at its core, is all about family and love. Corinne Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2022 This stuff is hilarious, and just like the June film, the duo's antics become that much funnier when juxtaposed by reasonably intelligent people nearby. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2022 Murray’s audition was hilarious, showing a lot of colors. Meredith Tucker, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 Watching these two cheers with cups of instant ramen is hilarious. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 28 July 2022 But then put her spin on it, her as the Fairy Godmother, which was hilarious. Kyle Rice, Rolling Stone, 24 July 2022 The sheer scale and absurdity of each project is hilarious in and of itself. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2022 There were so many episodes that still to this day are hilarious. Mariette Williams, Essence, 12 July 2022 See More

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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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“Hilarious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilarious. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hilarious


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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