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[hyoo-mer-uhs or, often, yoo-]
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  1. characterized by humor; funny; comical: a humorous anecdote.
  2. having or showing the faculty of humor; droll; facetious: a humorous person.
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Origin of humorous

First recorded in 1570–80; humor + -ous
Related formshu·mor·ous·ly, adverbhu·mor·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for humorous

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1. ludicrous, laughable. 2. jocose, jocular, comic, comical. Humorous, witty, facetious, waggish imply something that arises from cleverness or a sense of fun. Humorous implies a genuine sense of fun and the comic, impersonal, or gently personal: a humorous version of an incident; a humorous view of life. Witty implies quickness to perceive the amusing, striking, or unusual and to express it cleverly and entertainingly; it sometimes becomes rather sharp and unkind, particularly in quick repartee of a personal nature: a witty and interesting companion; to be witty at someone else's expense. Facetious suggests a desire or attempt to be jocular or witty but not to be taken seriously: a facetious remark. Waggish suggests the spirit of sly mischief and roguery of the constant joker, with no harm intended: a waggish good humor.

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[hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo-]
  1. Archaic. moist; wet.
  2. pertaining or due to the bodily humors.
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Origin of humorous

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin (h)ūmōrōsus; see humor, -ous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for humorous

whimsical, droll, playful, amusing, hilarious, entertaining, pleasant, comic, camp, facetious, farcical, jocose, jocular, laughable, ludicrous, merry, priceless, ribald, waggish, witty

Examples from the Web for humorous

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Historical Examples of humorous

  • The good lady, oblivious to the humorous side of her greeting, flushed in anger.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Because, while you may be humorous, you intend also to be sensible.

  • The symbol of that influence was that ancient symbol of the humble and humorous—a donkey.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • In this poem the rhymes have their share in its humorous charm.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • And your allusions to March-cats and March-Khalids are too pitiful to be humorous.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for humorous


  1. funny; comical; amusing
  2. displaying or creating humour
  3. archaic another word for capricious
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Derived Formshumorously, adverbhumorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for humorous


early 15c., "relating to the body humors," a native formation from humor, or else from Middle French humoreux "damp," from Old French humor (see humor (n.)). The meaning "funny" dates from 1705 in English. Related: Humorously; humorousness.

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