hu·​mor·​less | \ ˈhyü-mər-ləs How to pronounce humorless (audio) \

Definition of humorless

1 : lacking a sense of humor
2 : lacking humorous characteristics

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Other Words from humorless

humorlessly \ ˈhyü-​mər-​ləs-​lē How to pronounce humorless (audio) \ adverb
humorlessness noun

Examples of humorless in a Sentence

humorless people who can't see the lighter side of life
Recent Examples on the Web And losing to the Jets — especially these hapless Jets, led by the humorless Adam Gase — is never an acceptable outcome. Globe Staff,, "The Patriots might have been better off if they lost to the Jets, but it’s good they didn’t — and other thoughts," 3 Jan. 2021 The banality of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s adapted script suggests satire, yet the film is fairly humorless, despite the musicians’ profane badinage. Armond White, National Review, "The Fiasco of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom," 1 Jan. 2021 What’s strange is that the social media giant stands by its humorless AI filter’s judgment. Kyle Mann, WSJ, "Facebook Has No Sense of Humor," 21 Oct. 2020 Both groups are cast as humorless scolds, solidifying the loyalty of MAGA types who think of themselves as in on a joke the media does not understand. Dan Brooks, New York Times, "How President Trump Ruined Political Comedy," 7 Oct. 2020 His finger-wagging, often horrifying methods are also humorless. Armond White, National Review, "A Segregated, Modernized Boys in the Band," 2 Oct. 2020 Freddy was an awkward fit in a proud, humorless, abstemious family. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "Trumps on the Couch," 8 Sep. 2020 Foxx’s determined, humorless character is the decidedly dangerous moral anchor of the film. Mike Scott,, "Jamie Foxx in New Orleans-shot ‘Project Power’ will make you miss going to the movies," 12 Aug. 2020 Today, Scotland is in thrall to a new religion, the Church of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, which is just as menacing and humorless, and to which the Scottish government kowtows just as readily. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Scotland Swaps One Blasphemy Law for Another," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of humorless

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2021

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“Humorless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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