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

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While some of his antics have been humorous, like a quick back rub for Toronto coach Nick Nurse, others, like his heckling of Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, tread into uncomfortably mean-spirited territory. Ann Killion,, "Warriors investor embarrasses team, underscores how vulnerable players are," 6 June 2019 Though Moshfegh never really rounds the boyfriend into a full, necessary character (possibly the novel’s one minor flaw), the narrator recalls several pitiful and blackly humorous moments with him. Walton Muyumba,, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 Although there are humorous moments caught in this clash of cultures, other scenes are more harrowing, with obvious dangers for the Sherpas as well as the film crew chronicling the adventure. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Piano to Zanskar': Film Review | Edinburgh 2018," 5 July 2018 This Photoshop of Jack and Rose from 'Titanic' inside a pothole is making the rounds among Michiganders this week The spring tradition of potholes across the state of Michigan has spawned a lot of humorous memes over the years. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "This Titanic meme perfectly describes Michigan potholes," 27 Mar. 2018 Complete with a small snowstorm, yet more VAR controversy, and a number of humorous moments, the game turned out to be an enjoyable seven-goal thriller., "For VAR Sake: 5 of the Funniest Moments From Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup Replay with Rochdale," 1 Mar. 2018 Tireless, immune to disease, not given to heavy partying, robots can build cars, brew venti lattes and even write short, humorous newspaper columns faster and more efficiently than humans. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Robots Will End Up Goofing Off Like the Rest of Us," 14 Mar. 2019 Their posts also show the more humorous side of dating someone in a wheelchair, like being able to ride on their partner’s lap when their feet start hurting from wearing high heels. Amber Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "‘We’re the only ones who understand our situation’: Wives and girlfriends of men in wheelchairs form unique sisterhood," 10 Sep. 2018 Patients, doctors, and hospitals have been challenging the tactic through opinion articles, political lobbying, and even humorous videos ridiculing the idea that people can be their own doctors. Reed Abelson,, "Insurer criticized as it resists paying for ‘avoidable’ ER visits," 19 May 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 How to pronounce humorous (audio) , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humorous

: full of humor : funny

Other Words from humorous

humorously adverb

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