hu·​mor·​less ˈhyü-mər-ləs How to pronounce humorless (audio)
: lacking a sense of humor
: lacking humorous characteristics
humorlessly 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 To put Muslim women in a punk band would challenge the stereotype that Muslim women are submissive, quiet, humorless. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 26 May 2024 If a particular segment goes over your head, just wait for the next one; who but the most humorless party pooper wouldn’t enjoy watching mental-health professionals diagnose comedians, including Mulaney, based on clips of their standup specials? Judy Berman, TIME, 10 May 2024 The escalating tensions between Ruby and James result in a comic catastrophe at an important school gala, prompting Maxton Hall’s humorless headmaster (Thomas Douglas) to craft a punishment that forces them to work together. Kristen Baldwin,, 7 May 2024 There is much eye-gouging, throat-stabbing, and calf-slashing along the way; this movie is not for the faint of heart, and most of its violence is grimly humorless. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 His art is, sure enough, humorless, albeit in a teen-age way that is kind of funny. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 There’s no better way to rid ourselves of that notion than to go back into the Matrix and remember that AI is far more dangerous, right now, as a corporate weapon to be wielded against workers — a villain best symbolized by a humorless, middle-aged man in a business suit. Manuel Betancourt, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Except for a number in which teenager Allie and Noah (Jordan Tyson and John Cardoza) first see each other undressed, the lyrics are vague and humorless, often budding with clichés the book is trying to prune. Jesse Green, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Anyone who believes that radical politics have to be stern and humorless, for maximum impact, should consult Byron. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of humorless was in 1671

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“Humorless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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