hu·​mor·​less | \ˈhyü-mər-ləs \

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 \ adverb
humorlessness noun

Examples of humorless in a Sentence

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

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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 Contrary to popular belief, the Swiss are not humorless or repressed. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Plan a Trip to Zurich This Summer (Yes, Really)," 2 May 2018 In the ’90s as now, all humorless old people knew that the best way to impede an album’s popularity was to be very offended by it (ha) — and, as such, ’90s hip hop was also largely defined by the older generations’ aversion. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "It’s Like This and Like That and Like What?," 2 May 2018 But Sarah Marshall arrived on the heels of hit raunch comedies Knocked Up and Wedding Crashers, whose portrayals of women as either humorless or vapid don't hold up. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "10 years later, 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is still one of the best modern rom-coms," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of humorless

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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