[uhp-rawr-ee-uhs, -rohr-]


characterized by or in a state of uproar; tumultuous.
making an uproar; confused and noisy, as an assembly, person, etc.
very funny, as a person or situation.
very loud, as sounds or utterances.
expressed by or producing uproar.

Origin of uproarious

First recorded in 1810–20; uproar + -ious
Related formsup·roar·i·ous·ly, adverbup·roar·i·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for uproarious

1. raging, stormy, riotous, turbulent.
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Examples from the Web for uproarious

Contemporary Examples of uproarious

Historical Examples of uproarious

  • For Tobe was rolling about the room in an ecstasy of uproarious mirth.

  • The more part received the divine message in uproarious jubilation.

  • I slunk on and on, shivering with cold, through the uproarious streets.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • Amid the uproarious merriment provoked by their speeches I sat in silence.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Outside the most uproarious music could be heard: no one would have heard the cry for help.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

British Dictionary definitions for uproarious



causing or characterized by an uproar; tumultuous
extremely funny; hilarious
(of laughter) loud and boisterous
Derived Formsuproariously, adverbuproariousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uproarious

1791, from uproar + -ous. Related: Uproariously.

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