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

As ever, the movement phrases have nothing to do with the stories, but the incongruity here is hilarious. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "Merce Cunningham dances are marvels anew with Compagnie CNDC-Angers," 4 July 2019 The prior three entries in the franchise had been hilarious, entertaining, suspenseful, intelligent adventures, with each one seeming like an impossible magic trick. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Says Goodbye (Again)," 23 June 2019 Viral moments can be hilarious, yes, but every once in a while, one comes along that induces more concern than laughs (who remembers that whole boiling tampon fiasco?). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Apparently People Are Trying to Vacuum Period Blood Out of Their Vaginas So Their Aunt Flow Ends Early," 7 June 2019 Judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie found the moment to by hilarious, though Laine didn't seem too amused. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Fans "SCREAMED" Over Luke Bryan’s Joke About Laine Hardy," 13 May 2019 Giertz, who has 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube, is mostly known for her lineup of incredibly dumb and often hilarious robots that spill milk, brush your teeth, and slap you in the face. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "YouTuber Simone Giertz transformed a Tesla Model 3 into a pickup truck," 18 June 2019 Plus, for fans of Thor: Ragnarok, pairing Tessa Thompson again with Chris Hemsworth, here playing a London agent of MIB, would suggest a similarly off-kilter, quirky, and hilarious duo. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Hidden Potential of 'Men in Black: International'," 15 June 2019 Watch the video for a surprise and hilarious ending to this conversation about using the N-word. Danielle Young, Essence, "Samuel L. Jackson Has No Problem Using The N-Word," 12 June 2019 Recently, Ortiz teamed up with fellow beefy baseball greats Prince and Cecil Fielder for a very naked and very hilarious ad for Kingsford charcoal (Ortiz is known to enjoy a good lunch). Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why David Ortiz is beloved beyond baseball (and how he got the nickname Big Papi)," 10 June 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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