hilarious

adjective hi·lar·i·ous \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs , hī- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hilarious

: marked by or causing hilarity : extremely funny

hilariously

adverb

hilariousness

noun

Examples of hilarious in a Sentence

  1. 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 MorrisWilson QuarterlyAutumn 2005
  2. 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 AllevaCommonweal12 Aug. 2005
  3. 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 WertheimSports Illustrated17 Sept. 2001
  4. 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 Weekly5 May 1997
  5. Some people don't like his comedy, but I think he's hilarious.

  6. She gave us a hilarious account of her first days as a teacher.

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Origin and Etymology of hilarious

irregular from Latin hilarus, hilaris cheerful, from Greek hilaros


HILARIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

hilarious

adjective

Definition of hilarious for English Language Learners

  • : very funny


HILARIOUS Defined for Kids

hilarious

adjective hi·lar·i·ous \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs \

Definition of hilarious for Students

: very funny

hilariously

adverb


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