[ hyoo-mer-uhs or, often, yoo- ]
/ ˈhyu mər əs or, often, ˈyu- /


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


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.

Related forms

hu·mor·ous·ly, adverbhu·mor·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humorously

British Dictionary definitions for humorously


/ (ˈhjuːmərəs) /


funny; comical; amusing
displaying or creating humour
archaic another word for capricious

Derived Forms

humorously, adverbhumorousness, noun
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