Definition of humorous in English:



  • 1Causing laughter and amusement; comic.

    ‘a humorous and entertaining talk’
    • ‘You can tell a judge is popular when an usher at his court fashions a humorous painting of him enjoying his favourite pastime of gardening.’
    • ‘A dancer of unusual physical wit and sharp comic timing, his own works are frequently humorous in style.’
    • ‘This humorous and historically accurate account was extremely well received.’
    • ‘If they ever did come to earth, they would probably attempt to live among us with vaguely humorous results.’
    • ‘His unique style with witty delivery and humorous asides kept the show humming along.’
    • ‘Simon has a way of pumping out humorous dialogue that is both intelligent and witty.’
    • ‘When he eventually got to his feet, he was witty enough to see the humorous side of his experimentation.’
    • ‘And despite their boring reputation, they read more humorous books than any other profession.’
    • ‘Just make a light and humorous story that is witty and clever enough to sell well.’
    • ‘McCann's mother is schizophrenic, and his accounts of his mother's antics are both humorous and tragic.’
    • ‘It seemed she liked to make comical connections to things that weren't so humorous.’
    • ‘Funny how puns seem more humorous too early in the morning with a lack of stimulants in your system.’
    • ‘The Web site also contains hilarious photos, humorous comics and cartoon strips.’
    • ‘There seems to be an unwritten law that football songs should be comic or humorous, or at least not too serious.’
    • ‘My initial thoughts were to write this story in a dark, humorous way to ensure entertaining reading.’
    • ‘The players freely adjusted their lines, as well as their costumes and props, for humorous effect.’
    • ‘Some of the humorous incidents described in the book are incisively hilarious.’
    • ‘A sluggish middle leads to a humorous and ironic ending as the dancers swap their threadbare garb for sequinned hipsters.’
    • ‘This humorous play has a serious undercurrent and will give audiences as much food for thought as it does laughs.’
    • ‘He entertained guests at the official luncheon with humorous tales during his time as editor.’
    amusing, funny, entertaining, comic, comical, chucklesome, diverting, witty, jocular, light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek, wry, waggish, whimsical, playful
    hilarious, uproarious, riotous, zany, facetious, farcical, absurd, droll
    priceless, wacky, side-splitting, rib-tickling, a scream, a hoot, a laugh, a barrel of laughs
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    1. 1.1Having or showing a sense of humour.
      ‘his humorous grey eyes’
      • ‘She laughed then, though it sounded more like a nervous laugh then a humorous one.’
      • ‘He rolls his eyes while he says this and Annie senses the entirety of his humorous tone.’
      • ‘However, those close to him speak of a kindly, compassionate and humorous man.’
      • ‘He makes a convincing advocate - snowy-haired, gently humorous, quietly logical.’
      • ‘I have chatted with him and he seems to be educated, humorous and intelligent.’
      • ‘Yes, there's definitely a humorous, warm fella under that bushy beard.’
      • ‘He had never been the most humorous of people, but this wasn't at all funny.’
      • ‘I just have to put on a funny walk so everyone else thinks I'm being humorous rather than feeling the aftereffects.’
      • ‘Needless to say I was at a loss for words and thought, is he being his humorous self or is he serious?’
      • ‘I think it's better to be a little bit humorous, not just lugubrious if you can help it.’
      • ‘My parents were very humorous so they let it slide and made a joke out of it because none of the charges were enforced.’
      • ‘Jimmy was one of nature's gentlemen, blessed with a great personality and he was of a warm and humorous nature.’
      light-hearted, in fun, in jest, joking, jokey, teasing, jocular, jesting, good-natured, tongue-in-cheek, facetious, frivolous, flippant, arch, waggish, flirtatious, whimsical
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Note that although humor is the American spelling of humour, humorous is not an American form. This word is spelled the same way in both British and American English, and the spelling humourous is regarded as an error