hilarious

[hi-lair-ee-uhs, -lar-, hahy-]
adjective
1.
arousing great merriment; extremely funny: a hilarious story; a hilarious old movie.
2.
boisterously merry or cheerful: a hilarious celebration.
3.
merry; cheerful.

Origin:
1815–25; < Latin hilar(is), hilar(us) cheerful (< Greek hilarós) + -ious

hilariously, adverb
hilariousness, noun
hyperhilarious, adjective
hyperhilariously, adverb
hyperhilariousness, noun
unhilarious, adjective
unhilariously, adverb
unhilariousness, noun


2. lively, jolly, rollicking, high-spirited.


2. sad, serious, solemn.
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hilarious (hɪˈlɛərɪəs)
 
adj
very funny or merry
 
[C19: from Latin hilaris glad, from Greek hilaros]
 
hi'lariously
 
adv
 
hi'lariousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

hilarious
1823, "cheerful," from L. hilaris (see hilarity) + -ous. Meaning "boisterously joyful" is from 1830s.
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Example sentences
People who aren't funny at all think they are hilarious.
It's hilarious that that's what you chose to respond to.
The author never minces words, and the result is gross, hilarious and
  true-to-life.
He alternates hilarious monologs with clerver songs, nearly all on a high laugh
  level.
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