gallows humor


noun

humor that treats serious, frightening, or painful subject matter in a light or satirical way.

Nearby words

  1. galloway,
  2. gallowglass,
  3. gallows,
  4. gallows bird,
  5. gallows frame,
  6. gallows humour,
  7. gallows tree,
  8. gallsickness,
  9. gallstone,
  10. gallup

Origin of gallows humor

First recorded in 1900–05

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