hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs How to pronounce hilarious (audio) , hī- \

Definition of hilarious

: marked by or causing hilarity : extremely funny

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Today marks 30 years since the release of the hilarious Eddie Murphy comedy, Boomerang. Okla Jones, Essence, 28 June 2022 Love and Thunder costar Natalie Portman shared a hilarious story about the Australian actor's tactic to not be recognized when picking up his children after school. Amethyst Tate, PEOPLE.com, 28 June 2022 The more inspired newcomers are the Vicious 6, including Taraji P. Henson as Belle Bottom, a usurper who wields her chain belt as a weapon, and the hilarious Lucy Lawless as Nun-Chuck, a woman of the cloth with a thirst for violence. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 Kate's hilarious court-side looks have become the stuff of Internet legend—and after taking a year off from the competition due to COVID-19, the Duchess and her signature expressions officially returned to the royal box in 2021. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 27 June 2022 The actress additionally shared a hilarious behind-the-scenes video of her time at Glastonbury. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 June 2022 Other recommendations this week include the film Doula starring Chris Pine and Troian Bellisario (check out the description and the hilarious trailer below), as well as several very timely and important documentaries. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 26 June 2022 The show’s entire cast returns for the second film, including Maggie Smith as the scathingly hilarious Countess Dowager, Michelle Dockery as the leading Lady Mary Crawley and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley. Anna Tingley, Variety, 24 June 2022 Read full article Competition, ego, and acting chops collide in a hilarious insider comedy set during rehearsals for their upcoming production. Thelma Adams, BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for hilarious


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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Britannica English: Translation of hilarious for Arabic Speakers


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