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 humorlessly (audio) \ adverb
humorlessness noun

Examples of humorless in a Sentence

humorless people who can't see the lighter side of life

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The Woodward book is best understood as an antidote to a humorless and self-righteous press’s overintepretation of the Trump phenomenon. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We’re Surviving Trump Just Fine," 7 Sep. 2018 Ultimately, some robots will be charming and fun, others designed to do their task with humorless efficiency. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute," 28 Oct. 2018 The film is also remembered for Bond's fight with humorless former KGB agent Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), who tries to dispatch Bond with poison in the toe of her shoe. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best," 18 June 2018 Critics jumped all over the idea, labeling the women hairy-legged and humorless. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The year women refused to stay silent, tossed their bras and redefined politics," 23 May 2018 Over many years of being quirky and accessible in a largely humorless profession, Leach has managed to develop a cult of personality that enjoys his random musings on dinosaurs and pirates. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Mike Leach's tweet of an anti-Obama hoax showed why many schools won't hire him," 18 June 2018 Murphy plays the character as a suitably humorless waif, a fair match in zealotry, dumb cunning and cat-fancying sentimentality for the swaggering Padraic. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lieutenant of Inishmore': Theater Review," 5 July 2018 Replacing their childhood comedy idols with women was a kind of narrative murder, committed by a cabal of Hollywood moguls and humorless feminists. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Trouble With Hollywood’s Gender Flips," 12 June 2018 Both novels celebrate an Eleanor Roosevelt who is warm and affectionate, not some humorless do-gooder, and acknowledge their debt to Blanche Wiesen Cook’s magisterial three-volume biography of the first lady. Sylvia Brownrigg, New York Times, "Eleanor Roosevelt’s Love Life, as Fodder for Fiction," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of humorless

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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