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
Recent Examples on the Web That elicited a laugh from the audience, men being the only acceptable punchline to the humorless scolds in the crowd. John Hirschauer, National Review, "CNN’s Anti-Religious Town Hall," 14 Oct. 2019 And just generally, Kylo’s been a rather humorless emo leader of a fascist movement. James Hibberd,, "Adam Driver: Kylo Ren doesn't need redemption in The Rise of Skywalker," 5 Dec. 2019 Even when compared to Moore and Bolland’s comic, Joker is a bitter and humorless work, an attempt to add gravitas to a character that typically hasn’t stood for anything broadly metaphorical. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Comic That Explains Where Joker Went Wrong," 7 Oct. 2019 In a supporting role, Haney is a hilarious foil as Daniel's reproving, humorless overseer. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mrs. Doubtfire': THR's 1993 Review," 24 Nov. 2019 Modern Love the show is an anthology—discrete stories united by an overarching sensibility of rigorous, almost humorless, sincerity. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "On Amazon, a Show About Modern Love," 18 Oct. 2019 But on the home front, Tyler faces the constant judgment of his humorless father, Ronald (Brown, striking unexpected notes of ferocity), the proud owner of a construction business. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Waves': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 The humorless reign of Bill Belichick is waning, done in by the NFL’s ultimate scourges of age and injury. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Woes are mounting for Patriots, but Belichick and Brady will see them through," 27 Aug. 2019 The Cullinan has the humorless face of a locomotive. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of humorless

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jan 2020

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“Humorless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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