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[uhp-rawr-ee-uh s, -rohr-] /ʌpˈrɔr i əs, -ˈroʊr-/
characterized by or in a state of uproar; tumultuous.
making an uproar; confused and noisy, as an assembly, person, etc.
very funny, as a person or situation.
very loud, as sounds or utterances.
expressed by or producing uproar.
Origin of uproarious
1810-20; uproar + -ious
Related forms
uproariously, adverb
uproariousness, noun
1. raging, stormy, riotous, turbulent. Unabridged
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  • Thereupon the three gentlemen laughed so uproariously that the monkeys tried to imitate them.

    Frdrique; vol. 2 Charles Paul de Kock
  • It was then about two in the morning, and we all singing, or what we thought was singing, most uproariously.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • There they were enjoying themselves, uproariously happy, as proud as Punch of their exploits, and the father a great deal prouder.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • You speak almost as uproariously as Neale does, said Ruth, smiling.

  • One wary newcomer replied courteously, "I am what you are," and was uproariously cheered.

    The Little Book of the Flag Eva March Tappan
  • He got uproariously drunk, and screamed and howled in unknown tongues.

    Martin Hewitt, Investigator Arthur Morrison
  • It contains no play upon words, is not filled with startling absurdities, and is pathetic rather than uproariously funny.

  • Meanwhile, the royal marriage festivities went on uproariously at Canterbury.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • The wheels rattled as its small owner dragged it uproariously about by means of a string.

British Dictionary definitions for uproariously


causing or characterized by an uproar; tumultuous
extremely funny; hilarious
(of laughter) loud and boisterous
Derived Forms
uproariously, adverb
uproariousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uproariously



1791, from uproar + -ous. Related: Uproariously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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