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hilarious

[hi-lair-ee-uh s, -lar-, hahy-] /hɪˈlɛər i əs, -ˈlær-, haɪ-/
adjective
1.
arousing great merriment; extremely funny:
a hilarious story; a hilarious old movie.
2.
boisterously merry or cheerful:
a hilarious celebration.
3.
merry; cheerful.
Origin of hilarious
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin hilar(is), hilar(us) cheerful (< Greek hilarós) + -ious
Related forms
hilariously, adverb
hilariousness, noun
hyperhilarious, adjective
hyperhilariously, adverb
hyperhilariousness, noun
unhilarious, adjective
unhilariously, adverb
unhilariousness, noun
Synonyms
2. lively, jolly, rollicking, high-spirited.
Antonyms
2. sad, serious, solemn.
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  • Pola came up rather late one morning, and told me, hilariously, of the fun they had had looting Tupuola's house.

  • The men were happy, not hilariously so, but in a placid, equable fashion.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • How cheerily, how hilariously, O my Captain, would we bowl on our way to see old Nantucket again!

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Why had he pointed to the garden and laughed so hilariously?

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • As the cough broke out again, he strangled it hilariously in a laugh.

    The Ancient Law Ellen Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for hilariously

hilarious

/hɪˈlɛərɪəs/
adjective
1.
very funny or merry
Derived Forms
hilariously, adverb
hilariousness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin hilaris glad, from Greek hilaros
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Word Origin and History for hilariously

hilarious

adj.

1823, "cheerful," from Latin hilaris "cheerful, of good cheer" (see hilarity) + -ous. Meaning "boisterously joyful" is from 1830s. Related: Hilariously.

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