Definition of humorous in US English:



  • 1Causing lighthearted laughter and amusement; comic.

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