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

Meghan Markle was by Prince Harry's side, of course, and found the entire thing hilarious. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "This Team USA Sailor Was a Little Too Enthusiastic About Meeting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," 22 Oct. 2018 Some people found the whole thing hilarious, while others took it a little personally. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Party City Is Selling a "Ghosted" Halloween Costume," 23 Sep. 2018 That is the smile of someone who finds clowns absolutely hilarious. refinery29.com, "Michael Che Punked Colin Jost's Birthday Dinner With Scarlett Johansson," 2 July 2018 The Vytautas players found the prank hilarious — even LiAngelo gave it a chuckle. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "LaMelo Ball lashed out at his Lithuanian teammates after Borat-themed prank," 10 June 2018 Fortunately, Lederer was forgiving and found Quinn’s debacle and follow-up letter hilarious. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Famous dinner party gaffes and a colorful Earth Day menu," 21 Apr. 2018 Several celebs have been posting some hilarious and eye opening comments on his recent posts. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Just Dropped More Photos from His Calvin Klein Collection and My Jaw is On the Floor," 9 May 2019 Unsurprisingly, the Twittersphere created an onslaught of hilarious and relatable memes based on Kim's images of North. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Borrowed Kim Kardashian's High Heel Snakeskin Boots," 25 Apr. 2019 The physical comedy was bold, energetic and hilarious. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'SNL' salutes wacky woman, holds the politics," 13 May 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

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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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