[hyoo-mer-uhs or, often, yoo-]


characterized by humor; funny; comical: a humorous anecdote.
having or showing the faculty of humor; droll; facetious: a humorous person.

Origin of humorous

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

Synonyms for humorous

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.

Antonyms for humorous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humorously

Contemporary Examples of humorously

Historical Examples of humorously

  • "It is a good thing to have a rich son," said Captain Rushton, humorously.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Once she had humorously lamented that she had never been to Simpson's restaurant in the Strand.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • She had bright, humorously satirical eyes; and her mouth was large.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • In repose, his congested face had a humorously melancholy expression.


    Joseph Conrad

  • "Perhaps she will elope," the doctor said to his wife, humorously.

    The Man Who Wins

    Robert Herrick

British Dictionary definitions for humorously



funny; comical; amusing
displaying or creating humour
archaic another word for capricious
Derived Formshumorously, adverbhumorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for humorously



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper