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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.
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  • "It is a good thing to have a rich son," said Captain Rushton, humorously.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Once she had humorously lamented that she had never been to Simpson's restaurant in the Strand.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • She had bright, humorously satirical eyes; and her mouth was large.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • In repose, his congested face had a humorously melancholy expression.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "Perhaps she will elope," the doctor said to his wife, humorously.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • "I wish I hadn't mentioned food," went on Mr. Tolman humorously.

    Steve and the Steam Engine Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for humorously

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 humorously

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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