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 In fact, Super Bowl commercials have long been a cultural event in their own right, with some viewers tuning in to the big game purely to see what hilarious, heartwarming or straight-up bizarre ads brands have deemed worthy of making the cut. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "These Are the Best Super Bowl 2020 Commercials," 2 Feb. 2020 Fans of all three actors seemingly found the entire exchange hilarious, as KJ’s follow-up post was soon filled with laughing-crying emojis. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "KJ Apa Apparently Sold Cole Sprouse's Used Under-Eye Masks to Joe Keery," 2 Feb. 2020 The otherwise out of place, but fully hilarious, Hangover Part I, II, and III movie posters lining the bathroom wall. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Favorite Airbnb in Cape Town: A Modern Apartment Minutes From the V&A Waterfront," 31 Jan. 2020 See who can come up with the most ridiculous (yet hilarious) puns. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "30 Best Easter Puns That Are Positively Egg-cellent," 30 Jan. 2020 If Sorrentino had created nothing but that one hilarious, indelible image, The New Pope would still have guaranteed its place in televisual heaven. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The New Pope’s Tireless Commitment to Transgression," 23 Jan. 2020 While fans of the couple defended the move in an endless (and hilarious) social media stream. Natasha Pearlman, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Step Down as Senior Royals: 6 Questions Answered by Glamour’s Resident Brit," 8 Jan. 2020 This rugby player’s hilarious rant about a horse is some must-see stuff. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "This is when Tom Brady and the Patriots are at their very best," 22 Nov. 2019 The transformation is hilarious, a small bit of masterly musical wit. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "In Our Midst: Gabriel Wheaton’s classical, contemporary, opulent and wildly eclectic one-man band," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of hilarious was circa 1840

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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hilarious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilariousness. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for hilarious

hilarious

adjective
How to pronounce hilarious (audio)

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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