humorous

adjective
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Hill, who spent his entire life online and witnessed firsthand the way stars are born through the constantly shifting world of internet content, passed these days making humorous videos on Facebook and going viral on Twitter. Brittany Spanos, Smithsonian, "How Lil Nas X and ‘Old Town Road’ Defy Categorization," 19 Nov. 2019 The improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade brings its humorous take on space exploration with a show at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City July 20. David Morgan, CBS News, "Events and exhibits celebrating Apollo 11 at 50," 14 July 2019 Some found the trend humorous, while others argued the public were not taking impeachment seriously enough. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Death of Mr. Peanut overshadows first day of impeachment arguments on Twitter," 22 Jan. 2020 The campaign Twitter account for Bloomberg — who did not qualify for Tuesday night's debate — posted dozens of humorous, sometimes surreal tweets as a form of counterprogramming. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Michael Bloomberg campaign posts surreal tweets as counterprogramming to Democratic debate," 14 Jan. 2020 His humorous and often macabre cartoons were a mainstay in magazines including Playboy, the New Yorker and National Lampoon. Nov. 21. Bernard Mcghee, Twin Cities, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 His humorous and often macabre cartoons were a mainstay in magazines including Playboy, the New Yorker and National Lampoon. Nov. 21. Bernard Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 Zachary Scott is a photographer known for his humorous and highly stylized work. Jamie Lauren Keiles, New York Times, "Adam Sandler’s Everlasting Shtick," 27 Nov. 2019 My podcast serves as a platform to talk about my experiences (and those around me) in a humorous and authentic way. Dominique Fluker, Essence, "How FAMU Influenced Monique Mitchell To Launch Her Own PR Agency," 25 Nov. 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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14 Feb 2020

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“Humorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humorousness. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for humorous

humorous

adjective
How to pronounce humorous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of humorous

: causing laughter

humorous

adjective
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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