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

Oswalt shared a screen shot of the hilarious email on Twitter. CBS News, "Patton Oswalt shares Anthony Bourdain's blunt advice for trip to Paris," 11 June 2018 Of course, the internet took the photos and ran with them, turning the situation into a hilarious new meme. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Here Are All of the Best Tweets About Rihanna Possibly Arguing With Her Boyfriend in Mexico," 11 July 2018 Photo by Jack Laxer Jack was hilarious and dry and sophisticated and silly all at the same time. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "Jack Laxer, Photographer of Outlandish Architecture, Dies at 91," 12 June 2018 Sprouse recently teased Jughead's new role within the Serpents by sharing a hilarious photo on Twitter: 8) Jughead and Betty might finally be happy. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 3: Everything You Need to Know," 6 July 2018 And in little baby news, look at these little hilarious photos. Fox News, "Trump signs order halting separation of families at border," 21 June 2018 So expect the movie to be bad and the jokes to be hilarious. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Movie Musings: The Cosmic, mutiny in the cosmos and the kingdom," 15 June 2018 Her training go-to is pizza Last month, Kim shared a hilarious photo of herself picking up her order from California Pizza Kitchen. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "7 Food Posts From Olympic Snowboarder Chloe Kim That Are Too Relatable," 13 Feb. 2018 His encounters with the locals are mostly hilarious and vividly observed, threaded with the types of details that foreigners see as bizarre and Russians tend to ignore as routine. Simon Shuster, Time, "To Understand Russia, Read A Terrible Country," 12 July 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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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 \

Kids Definition of hilarious

: very funny

Other Words from hilarious

hilariously adverb

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