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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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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“Humorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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