arousing great merriment; extremely funny: a hilarious story; a hilarious old movie.
boisterously merry or cheerful: a hilarious celebration.
- hi·lar·i·ous·ly, adverb
- hi·lar·i·ous·ness, noun
- hy·per·hi·lar·i·ous, adjective
- hy·per·hi·lar·i·ous·ly, adverb
- hy·per·hi·lar·i·ous·ness, noun
- un·hi·lar·i·ous, adjective
- un·hi·lar·i·ous·ly, adverb
- un·hi·lar·i·ous·ness, noun
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How to use hilarious in a sentence
His date, Ally Duncan, also 25 and more savvy to the world of Zoom dates, learned to go easy on the alcohol after a hilarious incident that involved a very strong homemade margarita fail.Date Lab: Mariah Carey. Alligators. Urology. Is this any way to start a romance? | Damona Hoffman | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s an unsparing, brutal and hilarious satirical take on the notion of American exceptionalism, embodied by the goofy, America-obsessed Wilson.
Stick around a few more pages, though, and you’ll be rewarded with a hilarious, sweet, wild tale of a robbed bank, a real estate open house, and heart.
In the mid-2010s, Deadspin devoted often-hilarious coverage of Bills fans performing outrageous feats.‘Bills Mafia’ waited a generation for a team like this. It’s had to embrace it from afar. | Adam Kilgore | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The rapper sent out hilarious “WAP”-inspired shoe packages out to fans and other celebrities to promote the collaborative effort.Watch The Trailer For Cardi B’s Hilarious New Show, ‘Cardi Tries’ | Brooklyn White | December 17, 2020 | Essence.com
She hilariously explains Chinese proverbs when someone sneezes off-camera during interviews.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question | Nicholas McCarvel | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cosmopolitan is bringing its hilariously bad sex tips to lesbians now.I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible | Samantha Allen | July 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Jimmy So | November 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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) | Julie Bowen | September 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the unexpectedly wonderful Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a hilariously funny audience-grabber.
Adelaide smiled, not broadly, not hilariously, only to the exact shade demanded by conversational sympathy.
Nevill and Jimmie Drexell, who had arrived a short time before, greeted him hilariously.In Friendship's Guise | Wm. Murray Graydon
On fine, sunny days, influenced by the weather, he would laugh and shout hilariously; a gloomy sky made him morose."Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea | Morgan Robertson
The elders in that astonishing procession conducted themselves more hilariously than their children.The Brass Bound Box | Evelyn Raymond
They all seemed to enjoy the account enormously, for they laughed hilariously.The Story of Don Quixote | Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
British Dictionary definitions for hilarious
very funny or merry
- hilariously, adverb
- hilariousness, noun
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