hu·​mor·​less | \ ˈhyü-mər-ləs How to pronounce humorless (audio) \

Definition of humorless

1 : lacking a sense of humor
2 : lacking humorous characteristics

Other Words from humorless

humorlessly \ ˈhyü-​mər-​ləs-​lē How to pronounce humorless (audio) \ adverb
humorlessness noun

Examples of humorless in a Sentence

humorless people who can't see the lighter side of life
Recent Examples on the Web Jobs don’t have to be grim, humorless determination where sweat equity and burnout are emphasized over job satisfaction. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Soon the Baxters and the humorless Dutch couple who unwisely joined them are running for their lives, pursued by the evil O’Neills. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 27 May 2022 His replacement was Dennis Swanson, a proud and humorless former Marine hired to trim the fat and moderate the often inexcusable behavior of the production royalty. Brian T. Brown, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Despite the unending heaviness of world events, there is still room for inanity; delight doesn’t always need to feel indulgent, and art doesn’t need to be sombre or humorless. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 But Sontag’s demand for seriousness has often been overblown, her reputation making her out to be humorless. Design Art B., Longreads, 7 Apr. 2022 The woke left may be the new religious right: preachy, censorious, humorless, judgmental, constantly policing popular culture for impure thoughts. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 18 Feb. 2022 Of course, without the Fresh Prince references, Bel-Air is almost entirely humorless, a chilly act of over-compensation. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 Enter the movie’s hapless antagonist, a pedantic and seemingly humorless zoning inspector named Richard Zopf charged with cracking down on the unauthorized comedy shows. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of humorless

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Humorless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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