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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. Unabridged
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  • Burke humorously remarked to a friend of Paine and himself, "We hunt in pairs."

  • Once she had humorously lamented that she had never been to Simpson's restaurant in the Strand.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • I began to talk to him, not humorously, but as if he were a Scotchman and open only to argument.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • "Perhaps she will elope," the doctor said to his wife, humorously.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • While he was hesitating she looked at him humorously and said "Good evening, sir!"

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • "The devil or the deep sea," replied Jim, humorously inclined.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco Wyn Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for humorously


funny; comical; amusing
displaying or creating humour
(archaic) another word for capricious
Derived Forms
humorously, adverb
humorousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humorously



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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