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

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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 other option is a humorous acknowledgment that not many in Mr Dershowitz’s thinning crowd of liberal friends and admirers are likely to be impressed by that. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 Paid Off is mordantly humorous television entertainment that serves as a queasy reminder that America’s leaders have saddled the younger generation with the weight of education debt combined with curiously slow-growing wages and berserk politics. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Our family will miss his heart of gold, devilishly handsome smirk, humorous antics, and genuine show of affection at the close of every conversation., "Bailey Scott Stanhope," 8 July 2018 In response to this, Twitter users began writing humorous posts affixed with the hashtag #secondcivilwarletters. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "#SecondCivilWarLetters is trending on Twitter in a pretty hilarious way," 3 July 2018 Sometimes taboo topics appear in a humorous, sarcastic or indirect way. Susanne Wengle, Washington Post, "Tomorrow Putin answers Russians’ questions on live TV. Here’s what his performance will tell us.," 6 June 2018 The life of American poet Emily Dickinson doesn't exactly scream comedy gold, but that didn't stop Apple from ordering Dickinson, a humorous new series about the 19th-century writer. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Hailee Steinfeld Will Star as Emily Dickinson in the New Comedy Dickinson," 1 June 2018 This museum provides an emotional yet humorous journey around the world through hundreds of break-ups. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Where to Go in Croatia’s Capital City of Zagreb," 11 July 2018 Armed not with paperwork or petitions, but rather a humorous viral video, one man found an effective way to fix Kecel's pothole problem. Stephen Tucker Paulsen, Houston Chronicle, "Dallas man missing after Bolivar swim," 25 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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