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humorous1

[hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mər əs or, often, ˈyu-/
adjective
1.
characterized by humor; funny; comical:
a humorous anecdote.
2.
having or showing the faculty of humor; droll; facetious:
a humorous person.
Origin of humorous1
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; humor + -ous
Related forms
humorously, adverb
humorousness, noun
Synonyms
1. ludicrous, laughable. 2. jocose, jocular, comic, comical. Humorous, witty, facetious, waggish imply something that arises from cleverness or a sense of fun. Humorous implies a genuine sense of fun and the comic, impersonal, or gently personal: a humorous version of an incident; a humorous view of life. Witty implies quickness to perceive the amusing, striking, or unusual and to express it cleverly and entertainingly; it sometimes becomes rather sharp and unkind, particularly in quick repartee of a personal nature: a witty and interesting companion; to be witty at someone else's expense. Facetious suggests a desire or attempt to be jocular or witty but not to be taken seriously: a facetious remark. Waggish suggests the spirit of sly mischief and roguery of the constant joker, with no harm intended: a waggish good humor.
Antonyms
1, 2. solemn, sober, serious.

humorous2

[hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mər əs or, often, ˈyu-/
adjective
1.
Archaic. moist; wet.
2.
pertaining or due to the bodily humors.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin (h)ūmōrōsus; see humor, -ous
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  • The good lady, oblivious to the humorous side of her greeting, flushed in anger.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Because, while you may be humorous, you intend also to be sensible.

  • The symbol of that influence was that ancient symbol of the humble and humorous—a donkey.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • In this poem the rhymes have their share in its humorous charm.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • And your allusions to March-cats and March-Khalids are too pitiful to be humorous.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for humorous

humorous

/ˈhjuːmərəs/
adjective
1.
funny; comical; amusing
2.
displaying or creating humour
3.
(archaic) another word for capricious
Derived Forms
humorously, adverb
humorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for humorous
adj.

early 15c., "relating to the body humors," a native formation from humor, or else from Middle French humoreux "damp," from Old French humor (see humor (n.)). The meaning "funny" dates from 1705 in English. Related: Humorously; humorousness.

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