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
Recent Examples on the Web That’s why discussions on talk radio, Zoom calls and group text messages about why quarterback Dak Prescott doesn’t yet have a long-term contract are humorous. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Deadlines have prompted the Cowboys to get some of their biggest deals done. Dak Prescott’s will be no different," 18 May 2020 The bad incidents have overshadowed the good and humorous moments from these new types of sports broadcasts. Eben Novy-williams,, "Virtual Races Carry Real-World Consequences for Nascar Stars," 5 Apr. 2020 The umpire can be seen smiling at the humorous moment. Ben Thomas |, al, "The night Alabama 2018 Mr. Baseball Jeremiah Jackson silenced his loudest critic," 7 Apr. 2020 The humorous moment received over 7 million views on his Twitter account. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 27 Mar. 2020 Those interactions have brought humorous moments, too. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stohs: Here's one last helping of nourishing food journalism and memories," 7 Jan. 2020 There were some humorous moments as well, one of those being ASU's Candid Camera Friday in which a film study session opens with a blooper reel of happenings during the week. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU football team makes debut on HBO's 24/7 College Football," 16 Oct. 2019 There were humorous moments in the awkward climbing out and in the spacecraft. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Man walks on the moon," 13 July 2019 There have been humorous moments along the way as well. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Teen actors take on sex education and immigration based on their experiences in school and at the border," 27 June 2019

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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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22 May 2020

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“Humorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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