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The other day, I heard "hysterical" used as an insult ... how does this funny word also act as an insult, particularly to women?
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Origin of hilarious
SYNONYMS FOR hilarious
OTHER WORDS FROM hilarious
Words nearby hilarious
What does hilarious mean?
Hilarious means extremely funny, like literally lol funny.
Hilarious is most commonly used to describe someone or something (like a joke or a movie) as super funny. Much less commonly, it used to mean very merry or cheerful, as in a hilarious celebration.
Example: The movie was absolutely hilarious—I was laughing so hard at one point that I was crying.
Where does hilarious come from?
English got hilarious around 1820—well, that’s at least when the first records of its use are from. It comes from the Latin word hilar(is) (meaning “glad” or “cheerful”), which was derived from the Greek hilarós.
Hilarious is used to describe things that are considered the pinnacle of funniness—things that make us laugh out loud, and a lot. Some jokes or memes might be amusing or a little funny, but something that’s truly hilarious is on a different level. Sometimes, people describe things that are hilarious as hysterical, which can mean “causing uncontrollable laughter.” However, hysterical can also be used in a very negative way to describe someone as uncontrollably and irrationally emotional, which isn’t funny at all (especially when used to demean women).
Less commonly, hilarious is used to describe a situation as being a really good time because it’s filled with merriment. This meaning of hilarious is more akin to the related noun hilarity, which means “merriment” or “cheerfulness.” Hilarity is not synonymous with the noun hilariousness, which typically means “funniness.” Of course, hilariousness often leads to hilarity!
One last thing: hilarious is sometimes used sarcastically to describe something that was intended to be funny but that the speaker sees as very unfunny, as in Wow, thanks for replacing my shoelaces with ramen noodles, you jerks—real hilarious. [Editor’s note: That is actually pretty hilarious.]
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What are some other forms of hilarious?
- hilariously (adverb)
- hilariousness (noun)
- hyperhilarious (adjective)
- hyperhilariously (adverb)
What are some synonyms for hilarious?
What are some words that share a root or word element with hilarious?
What are some words that often get used in discussing hilarious?
How is hilarious used in real life?
Hilarious is always used positively to describe something that’s funny or, less commonly, a lot of fun.
If the cities just owned their sports teams directly, billionaires wouldn't be able to threaten to move to blackmail fans for stadium money.
Plus…they could have the head coaches run for office like a politician and that would be hilarious.
— Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) June 5, 2019
Keke Palmer is simultaneously 25 and 95 and that’s why she’s so hilarious
— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) September 18, 2019
some of y'all think riverdale is bad, and you're right. but that does not change the fact that it is one of the most hilarious shows to exist
— rosie (@kissings) March 2, 2020
Try using hilarious!
Which of the following terms is the closest synonym for hilarious?
C. super funny
Example sentences from the Web for hilarious
Its fearless creator opens up about the hilarious new season.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Why is the ‘Kroll Show’ ending its hilarious run after only three seasons?
Thanks to Funny or Die, you can see the former 30 Rock actress do her best Peter Pan to hilarious effect.Watch Jane Krakowski's Secret Peter Pan Live! Audition Tape|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The highly anticipated sixth season of the hilarious spy-spoof will premiere on FX at 10 pm EST on January 8, 2015.‘Archer’ Season 6 Exclusive: Watch Six ‘Certified’ Videos and See the FX Series’ New Key Art|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How did you wrangle Nicole Kidman for her hilarious cameo in the movie?Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the beginning loco acts as a stimulant; the animals get lively, hilarious, running about; cleaning themselves, etc.Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease|Albert Cornelius Crawford
They carried him around on their shoulders and nearly killed him with their hilarious demonstrations.Bert Wilson, Marathon Winner|J. W. Duffield
"I shall be glad when we get through with this hilarious and irregular life," said Tom.The Frontier Boys in the Grand Canyon|Wyn Roosevelt
She is a young lady of hilarious disposition, very tolerable good looks, and killing clothes.Fanny's First Play|George Bernard Shaw
The New Yorkers were hilarious while the Boston rooters were correspondingly depressed.Baseball Joe in the World Series|Lester Chadwick