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humorous1

[hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo-]
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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

First recorded in 1570–80; humor + -ous
Related formshu·mor·ous·ly, adverbhu·mor·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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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-]
adjective
  1. Archaic. moist; wet.
  2. pertaining or due to the bodily humors.

Origin of humorous2

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin (h)ūmōrōsus; see humor, -ous
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Examples from the Web for humorous

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  • The good lady, oblivious to the humorous side of her greeting, flushed in anger.

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    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.

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    Ameen Rihani


British Dictionary definitions for humorous

humorous

adjective
  1. funny; comical; amusing
  2. displaying or creating humour
  3. archaic another word for capricious
Derived Formshumorously, adverbhumorousness, 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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