[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 uproariously

Contemporary Examples of uproariously

Historical Examples of uproariously

  • The father smiles upon him and is at once uproariously happy.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • It was then about two in the morning, and we all singing, or what we thought was singing, most uproariously.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Then he laughed again, hilariously, uproariously, and not for long.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • Cooley greeted Mellin uproariously and Mr. Sneyd introduced the fat man.

    His Own People

    Booth Tarkington

  • At this the children laughed so uproariously, the baby awoke and began to cry.

    Brother Billy

    Frances Maragret Fox

British Dictionary definitions for uproariously



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 uproariously



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

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