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Definition of humorous adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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 funny and entertaining; showing a sense of humor He gave a humorous account of their trip to Spain. a humorous look at the world of fashion He had a wide mouth and humorous gray eyes. Thesaurusfunnyamusing entertaining witty humorous comical hilariousThese words all describe someone or something that makes you laugh or smile.funny that makes you laugh:a funny story She was a very funny lady.amusing (somewhat formal) funny and enjoyable:It's a very amusing game to play.entertaining amusing and interesting:It was a very entertaining evening.witty smart and amusing; able to say or write smart and amusing things:a witty remark a witty public speakerhumorous funny and entertaining; showing a sense of humor:a humorous look at the world of fashioncomical funny, especially because of being strange or unexpected:Many of the scenes in the book are truly comical.hilarious extremely funnyfunny, amusing, humorous, or comical?Amusing is the most general of these words because it includes the idea of being enjoyable as well as making people laugh, and can be used to describe events, activities, and occasions:an amusing party/evening a funny/humorous/comic party/evening. Humorous is more about showing that you see the humor in a situation than actually making people laugh out loud. Comical is used especially to talk about things that are funny in an unexpected way. It is not used to describe people. Funny can describe people, jokes and stories, things that happen, or anything that makes people laugh. It can also mean “odd” in a somewhat comical way:He's a funny old man.Patterns a(n) funny/amusing/entertaining/witty/humorous/comical story a(n) funny/amusing/entertaining/witty/humorous speech a(n) funny/entertaining/witty/humorous writer a(n) funny/amusing/hilarious joke to find something funny/amusing/entertaining/witty/humorous/comical/hilarious
adverb The poem humorously describes local characters and traditions.
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