[hi-lair-ee-uh s, -lar-, hahy-]
- arousing great merriment; extremely funny: a hilarious story; a hilarious old movie.
- boisterously merry or cheerful: a hilarious celebration.
- merry; cheerful.
Origin of hilarious
1815–25; < Latin hilar(is), hilar(us) cheerful (< Greek hilarós) + -ious
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2. lively, jolly, rollicking, high-spirited.
2. sad, serious, solemn.
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Examples from the Web for hilariously
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Hell brews like “Mack the Knife,” “To Keep My Love Alive,” and Sweeney Todd are hilariously macabre.Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad?
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Julie Bowen already has won two Emmys for her performance as hilariously frazzled mom Claire Pritchett on Modern Family.Emmys 2013: Julie Bowen’s Favorite ‘Modern Family’ Moments (VIDEO)
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But the unexpectedly wonderful Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a hilariously funny audience-grabber.Who’ll Win a 2013 Tony Award—and Who Deserves To
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The men were happy, not hilariously so, but in a placid, equable fashion.The Long Roll
Then he laughed again, hilariously, uproariously, and not for long.Reels and Spindles
He had met him on the street and clapped him hilariously on the shoulder.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron
J. W. Duffield
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
- very funny or merry
C19: from Latin hilaris glad, from Greek hilaros
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Word Origin and History for hilariously
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