[hi-lair-ee-uh s, -lar-, hahy-]
- arousing great merriment; extremely funny: a hilarious story; a hilarious old movie.
- boisterously merry or cheerful: a hilarious celebration.
- merry; cheerful.
Origin of hilarious
1815–25; < Latin hilar(is), hilar(us) cheerful (< Greek hilarós) + -ious
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2. lively, jolly, rollicking, high-spirited.
2. sad, serious, solemn.
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Examples from the Web for hilarious
Its fearless creator opens up about the hilarious new season.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
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Why is the ‘Kroll Show’ ending its hilarious run after only three seasons?The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll
December 15, 2014
Thanks to Funny or Die, you can see the former 30 Rock actress do her best Peter Pan to hilarious effect.Watch Jane Krakowski's Secret Peter Pan Live! Audition Tape
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December 2, 2014
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November 24, 2014
How did you wrangle Nicole Kidman for her hilarious cameo in the movie?Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
November 22, 2014
He in turn gives way to the hilarious buffoonery of the two slaves.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The old lady began to seem to him a thought too discursive, if not hilarious.Tiverton Tales
All Doctor Eben's friends were hilarious; and the greater part of Hetty's were gloomy.Hetty's Strange History
The moderator had some difficulty in restoring order to the hilarious meeting.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
All were hugely amused, but one, Mr. Pulcifer, was hilarious.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- very funny or merry
C19: from Latin hilaris glad, from Greek hilaros
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Word Origin and History for hilarious
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