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hilarious

[ hi-lair-ee-uhs, -lar-, hahy- ]
/ hɪˈlɛər i əs, -ˈlær-, haɪ- /
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adjective

arousing great merriment; extremely funny: a hilarious story; a hilarious old movie.
boisterously merry or cheerful: a hilarious celebration.
merry; cheerful.

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hike, hike out, hiker, hikoi, hilar, hilarious, hilariously, hilarity, hilarius, hilarus, hilary

Origin of hilarious

1815–25; < Latin hilar(is), hilar(us) cheerful (< Greek hilarós) + -ious
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hilarious

/ (hɪˈlɛərɪəs) /

adjective

very funny or merry
Derived Formshilariously, adverbhilariousness, noun

Word Origin for hilarious

C19: from Latin hilaris glad, from Greek hilaros
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hilarious

hilarious


adj.

1823, "cheerful," from Latin hilaris "cheerful, of good cheer" (see hilarity) + -ous. Meaning "boisterously joyful" is from 1830s. Related: Hilariously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper