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

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 With the wisdom of his adult years, Dean’s hopeful and humorous recollections of his past spotlight the ups and downs of growing up in a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, and the friendship, laughter and lessons along the way. Joe Otterson, Variety, 13 May 2022 The lyrics are often reflecting some reality about life in the Dominican Republic, a lot of times in an original or humorous way. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 27 Apr. 2022 After exploring the fantastical onscreen once again, Williams plans to return to her domain of exploring the quiet, intimate and humorous moments in relationships. Shamira Ibrahim, Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 These were brief and humorous vignettes of the serious issues faced by Jess and Joyce Semple, a fictional working-class Black couple living in Harlem. David L. Pike, The Conversation, 25 Mar. 2022 Others seemed to find the meme, which garnered more than 450,000 likes, refreshing and humorous. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2022 Do’s and don’ts about airline travel could be brutally boring, but the TSA embeds serious advice within witty and humorous posts. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Squirrels are resourceful, humorous, scary, quizzical, territorial and skittish. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Somewhere, Tom Brady — along with plenty of Lions fans are looking on in a heartwarming and humorous fashion that Stafford is celebrating like a Super Bowl champion. Andrew Hammond, Detroit Free Press, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Humorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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