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

Definition of humorless

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

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 The current-day, politically correct, humorless internet typists would be pushed to the brink by Franken. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 Valente’s face went blank and a sudden humorless fire appeared on it. Greg Jackson, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 That feels so much more human than the oppressively bland and humorless society that wokeness has imposed on us. WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 The most obvious piece of advice is not to be grim and humorless. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2021 Avoid smoking, drugs, Bensonhurst, the Gaza Strip, bungee jumping, humorless people, bad music, fashion, weight training and hair care products. CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Because cartoons are so informal and approachable, efforts to censor them appear especially humorless and heavy-handed, which can redound to the benefit of satirists and provoke a public outcry against the oppressors. Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Researchers have found that two particularly humorless ideologies are religious fundamentalism and militarism. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2021 Despite all the design-forward accommodation options around the world, there's still an enduring cliche that hotels are humorless, colorless spaces. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of humorless

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Dec 2021

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“Humorless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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