[hi-lair-ee-uhs, -lar-, hahy-]

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

Nearby words

  1. hike,
  2. hike out,
  3. hiker,
  4. hikoi,
  5. hilar,
  6. hilariously,
  7. hilarity,
  8. hilarius,
  9. hilarus,
  10. hilary

Origin of hilarious

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hilarious



very funny or merry
Derived Formshilariously, adverbhilariousness, noun

Word Origin for hilarious

C19: from Latin hilaris glad, from Greek hilaros

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Word Origin and History for hilarious



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