humorous

adjective hu·mor·ous \ ˈhyüm-rəs , ˈyüm- , ˈhyü-mə- , ˈyü- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of humorous

1 obsolete :humid
2 a :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

humorously

adverb

humorousness

noun

Examples of humorous in a Sentence

  1. The book is very humorous.

  2. the humorous moments in an otherwise somber affair

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Origin and Etymology of humorous

see 1humor

Synonym Discussion of 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

HUMOROUS Defined for English Language Learners

humorous

adjective

Definition of humorous for English Language Learners

  • : causing laughter


HUMOROUS Defined for Kids

humorous

adjective hu·mor·ous \ ˈhyü-mə-rəs , ˈyü- \

Definition of humorous for Students

:full of humor :funny

humorously

adverb


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