hu·​mor·​ous | \ˈhyüm-rəs, ˈyüm-, ˈhyü-mə-, ˈyü-\

Definition of humorous 

1 obsolete : humid

2a : 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

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Other Words from humorous

humorously adverb
humorousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for humorous

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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There was a humorous moment when former major league pitcher Orlando Hernandez voiced his opposition through an interpreter. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 Mark Hamill, the reigning joker of Twitter, posted a humorous tweet with a photo of Darth Vader (his onscreen father) and Father’s Day wishes. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Celebs, TV shows, and more celebrate Father's Day," 17 June 2018 But for reasons both humorous and poignant, Grump has never fit in underground with the others. The Christian Science Monitor, "4 delightful new books for middle-grade readers," 7 June 2018 The conversation was not as humorous nor engaging, but George Apel still came., "Henry J. Kane Jr.," 22 Apr. 2018 Due to the valuations mentioned above, the Emir is said to find suggestions of a €260m exit for Neymar to Real Madrid 'humorous'., "Qatari Emir Likely to Stand in Way of Real Madrid Move for Neymar This Summer," 12 May 2018 These interstitial monologues were fascinatingly bizarre, full of aimless asides and mildly humorous observations at which the worshipful crowd always laughed slightly louder than was warranted. Terence Cawley,, "At the Wang, a free-wheeling journey through Neil Young’s past," 12 July 2018 The tone is sometimes serious but sometimes drifts to being a darkly humorous caper, with jaunty text sliding onto the screen announcing years and locations. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Is Very Good. And Scandalous.," 28 June 2018 Even so, the chain’s competitors -- and consumers -- didn’t take long to register their own, often humorous, takes on the supposed new name. Anchorage Daily News, "IHOP becomes IHOB -- and internet has way too much fun: ‘International House of Bankruptcy’?," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of humorous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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, ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humorous

: full of humor : funny

Other Words from humorous

humorously adverb

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to express warning or disapproval

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