hu·​mor·​ous | \ ˈhyüm-rəs , 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

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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Another draw was jazz’s timbral novelty, with players manipulating their sounds to humorous effect. John Check, WSJ, "‘Making Music American’ Review: Turning Swords Into Saxophones," 28 Dec. 2018 The Queen isn’t the only one opening humorous presents. Vogue, "What Do Royal Family Members Get Each Other for Christmas?," 20 Dec. 2018 It was designed by OTOTO studio, which is known for their humorous take on common kitchen utensils. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Just the Cutest Sponge Holder We Have Ever Seen," 27 July 2016 Actually, the man in the song hopes to seduce, not rape; the song is flirty and humorous, a spoof of the endless drama between men and women. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Baby, There’s a Chilling Effect Outside," 3 Jan. 2019 Beyond sharing humorous and informative content, Wiley hopes to use Pattie as a platform to partner with outdoor brands and further promote inclusivity in the outdoors. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Meet Pattie Gonia, the Backpacking Drag Queen Promoting Inclusivity in the Outdoors," 11 Dec. 2018 Easiest to understand is this: Camp encompasses everything and anything that is considered by most to be naturally humorous, ridiculous, or profane in our collective culture. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Met Gala Is Born! Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams Will Cochair Fashion’s Biggest Night in 2019—Here’s What It Means," 12 Oct. 2018 His book is full of humorous anecdotes and observations calculated to keep operatic neophytes interested. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of July: the Monitor's picks," 12 July 2018 Whatever their experiences, Lee always had a humorous anecdote to relay to all., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/24," 24 June 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 , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humorous

: full of humor : funny

Other Words from humorous

humorously adverb

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