hu·​mor·​ous | \ ˈhyüm-rəs How to pronounce humorous (audio) , ˈyüm-, ˈhyü-mə-, ˈyü-\

Definition of humorous

1a : full of or characterized by that quality which appeals to a sense of the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous : full of or characterized by humor : funny humorous stories shared a humorous anecdote
b : possessing, indicating, or expressive of an ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny : possessing, indicating, or expressive of a sense of humor a humorous writer studied his own life … with a shrewd and humorous eye— Harrison Smith
2 obsolete : humid

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Other Words from humorous

humorously adverb
humorousness noun

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witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind. a witty remark humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity. humorous anecdotes facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor. facetious comments jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking. a jocular fellow jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness. jocose proposals

Examples of humorous in a Sentence

The book is very humorous. the humorous moments in an otherwise somber affair

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The second season had a warmer reception from critics, compared with the first, thanks to its humorous, less sardonic tone. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows and Movies to Watch in Between Your July 4th Festivities," 30 June 2019 The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King provides a well-informed, alarmingly humorous, and critically important narrative exploring the historical and ongoing experience of indigenous peoples in Canada. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019 The humorous touches are every bit as clever as the visual treats. Mark Dawidziak,, "Visually stunning ‘Legion’ begins its third and final season," 22 June 2019 Here, our tips and tricks to writing the most romantic, humorous, and meaningful vows, along with some excerpts from editors' ceremonies, to (hopefully) inspire yours. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know to Write Your Own Wedding Vows," 5 June 2019 While some of his antics have been humorous, like a quick back rub for Toronto coach Nick Nurse, others, like his heckling of Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, tread into uncomfortably mean-spirited territory. Ann Killion,, "Warriors investor embarrasses team, underscores how vulnerable players are," 6 June 2019 Though Moshfegh never really rounds the boyfriend into a full, necessary character (possibly the novel’s one minor flaw), the narrator recalls several pitiful and blackly humorous moments with him. Walton Muyumba,, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 Although there are humorous moments caught in this clash of cultures, other scenes are more harrowing, with obvious dangers for the Sherpas as well as the film crew chronicling the adventure. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Piano to Zanskar': Film Review | Edinburgh 2018," 5 July 2018 This Photoshop of Jack and Rose from 'Titanic' inside a pothole is making the rounds among Michiganders this week The spring tradition of potholes across the state of Michigan has spawned a lot of humorous memes over the years. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "This Titanic meme perfectly describes Michigan potholes," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of humorous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for humorous

see humor entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of humorous

: causing laughter


hu·​mor·​ous | \ ˈhyü-mə-rəs How to pronounce humorous (audio) , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humorous

: full of humor : funny

Other Words from humorous

humorously adverb

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