hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs How to pronounce hilarious (audio) , hī- \

Essential Meaning of hilarious

: very funny Some people don't like his comedy, but I think he's hilarious. She gave us a hilarious account of her first days as a teacher. a hilarious comedy

Full Definition of hilarious

: marked by or causing hilarity : extremely funny

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Other Words from hilarious

hilariously adverb
hilariousness noun

Examples of hilarious in a Sentence

Raymond is different, so well written and acted, so perfectly pitched, that even the silences, especially the silences, are hilarious. It makes comedy look easy. — James Morris, Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved (by children) and reviled (by critics and librarians) book, is quirky, well acted, often hilarious, and visually sumptuous, but don't go to it expecting sweetness in anything except the title. — Richard Alleva, Commonweal, 12 Aug. 2005 In fairness, McEnroe does have genuine passion for the game, and his willingness to take on the sport's sacred cows is admirable. His candor and hilarious random ruminations as an analyst make even the most lopsided matches worth watching. — Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated, 17 Sept. 2001 Since his material is genuinely funny, at times hilarious, it makes for a smashing use of audio as a unique entertainment medium. Sedaris has an unexpectedly high-pitched voice that comes across as majorly mischievous in its delivery … Publishers Weekly, 5 May 1997 Some people don't like his comedy, but I think he's hilarious. She gave us a hilarious account of her first days as a teacher.
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Recent Examples on the Web His death seemed to confirm his idea of life as something so grossly absurd as to be hilarious. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 As realized with superb comic timing by Megan Graves in director Raymond O. Caldwell’s production, Logan’s reactions are hilarious. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, fans watching on YouTube couldn’t get over the hilarious interaction. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 6 Aug. 2021 Biz doing the John Belushi Black Beethoven thing on the piano was hilarious. Drew Fortune, Vulture, 20 Sep. 2021 His slightly panicked rant about COVID-19 protocols, particularly that that the Emmys were taking place in an enclosed tent,was hilarious and felt very genuine. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 For one, if the title doesn't indicate, this book is hilarious. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 5 Sep. 2021 Cox is clearly struggling to keep a straight face, and the whole thing is hilarious. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 Some of them are both hilarious and have a deep meaning with a huge moral payoff at the end. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of hilarious

circa 1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hilarious

irregular from Latin hilarus, hilaris cheerful, from Greek hilaros

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The first known use of hilarious was circa 1840

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“Hilarious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilarious. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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hi·​lar·​i·​ous | \ hi-ˈler-ē-əs How to pronounce hilarious (audio) \

Kids Definition of hilarious

: very funny

Other Words from hilarious

hilariously adverb

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