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hilarious

[hi-lair-ee-uhs, -lar-, hahy-]
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adjective
  1. arousing great merriment; extremely funny: a hilarious story; a hilarious old movie.
  2. boisterously merry or cheerful: a hilarious celebration.
  3. merry; cheerful.
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Origin of hilarious

1815–25; < Latin hilar(is), hilar(us) cheerful (< Greek hilarós) + -ious
Related formshi·lar·i·ous·ly, adverbhi·lar·i·ous·ness, nounhy·per·hi·lar·i·ous, adjectivehy·per·hi·lar·i·ous·ly, adverbhy·per·hi·lar·i·ous·ness, nounun·hi·lar·i·ous, adjectiveun·hi·lar·i·ous·ly, adverbun·hi·lar·i·ous·ness, noun

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Historical Examples of hilariously

  • The men were happy, not hilariously so, but in a placid, equable fashion.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Then he laughed again, hilariously, uproariously, and not for long.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • He had met him on the street and clapped him hilariously on the shoulder.

  • Why had he pointed to the garden and laughed so hilariously?

    Hushed Up

    William Le Queux

  • Hilariously they carried him into the room and dumped him down.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for hilariously

hilarious

adjective
  1. very funny or merry
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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 hilariously

hilarious

adj.

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

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