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[hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mər əs or, often, ˈyu-/
characterized by humor; funny; comical:
a humorous anecdote.
having or showing the faculty of humor; droll; facetious:
a humorous person.
Origin of humorous1
1570-80; humor + -ous
Related forms
humorously, adverb
humorousness, noun
1. ludicrous, laughable. 2. jocose, jocular, comic, comical. Humorous, witty, facetious, waggish imply something that arises from cleverness or a sense of fun. Humorous implies a genuine sense of fun and the comic, impersonal, or gently personal: a humorous version of an incident; a humorous view of life. Witty implies quickness to perceive the amusing, striking, or unusual and to express it cleverly and entertainingly; it sometimes becomes rather sharp and unkind, particularly in quick repartee of a personal nature: a witty and interesting companion; to be witty at someone else's expense. Facetious suggests a desire or attempt to be jocular or witty but not to be taken seriously: a facetious remark. Waggish suggests the spirit of sly mischief and roguery of the constant joker, with no harm intended: a waggish good humor.
1, 2. solemn, sober, serious.


[hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mər əs or, often, ˈyu-/
Archaic. moist; wet.
pertaining or due to the bodily humors.
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin (h)ūmōrōsus; see humor, -ous Unabridged
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  • Regimental annuals of a humorous kind existed but were not encouraged.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • His experience with one such officer in the War Department was humorous.

  • "There is not much longer to wait," he said, neither grim nor humorous, simply unvarying.

  • "I judge by past performances," she said, her humorous eyes on him.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • The fads and foibles of humanity can be good-naturedly exposed in humorous articles that have no sting.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
British Dictionary definitions for humorous


funny; comical; amusing
displaying or creating humour
(archaic) another word for capricious
Derived Forms
humorously, adverb
humorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for humorous

early 15c., "relating to the body humors," a native formation from humor, or else from Middle French humoreux "damp," from Old French humor (see humor (n.)). The meaning "funny" dates from 1705 in English. Related: Humorously; humorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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