What does humorous mean?

Definitions for humorous
ˈhyu mər əs; often ˈyu-hu·mor·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humorous, humourousadjective

    full of or characterized by humor

    "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"


  1. humorousadjective

    Full of humor or arousing laughter; funny.

    The waiters were so humorous - one even did a backflip for us, when we asked him.

  2. humorousadjective

    Showing humor; witty, jocular.

  3. humorousadjective

    Damp or watery.

  4. humorousadjective

    Dependent on or caused by one's humour or mood; capricious, whimsical.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Humorousadjective

    Etymology: from humour.

    Some of the commentators tell us, that Marsya was a lawyer who had lost his cause; others that this passage alludes to the story of the satire Marsyas, who contended with Apollo, which I think is more humorous. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Thy humorous vein, thy pleasing folly,
    Lies all neglected, all forgot;
    And pensive, wav’ring, melancholy,
    Thou dread’st and hop’st thou know’st not what. Matthew Prior.

    I am known to be a humorous patrician; said to be something imperfect, in favouring the first complaint; hasty and tinder-like, upon too trivial motion. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Thou fortune’s champion, that do’st never fight
    But when her humorous ladyship is by,
    To teach thee safety. William Shakespeare, King John.

    He’s humorous as Winter, and as sudden
    As flaws congeal’d in the spring of day. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    O, you awake then: come away,
    Times be short, are made for play;
    The humorous moon too will not stay:
    What doth make you thus delay? Ben Jonson.

    Vast is his courage, boundless is his mind,
    Rough as a storm, and humorous as the wind. Dryden.

    He that would learn to pass a just sentence on persons and things, must take heed of a fanciful temper of mind, and an humorous conduct in his affairs. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. Humorous

    Humour (Commonwealth English) or humor (American English) is the tendency of experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humorcode: lat promoted to code: la , "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion. People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—be amused, smile or laugh at something funny (such as a pun or joke)—and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or the Tom and Jerry cartoons, whose physical nature makes it accessible to them. By contrast, more sophisticated forms of humour such as satire require an understanding of its social meaning and context, and thus tend to appeal to a more mature audience.


  1. humorous

    Humorous refers to the quality or state of being funny, amusing or causing laughter. It often involves the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is comical or amusing. It can be used to describe people, situations, or forms of entertainment, such as jokes, stories, or movies, that are intended to make people laugh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humorousadjective

    moist; humid; watery

  2. Humorousadjective

    subject to be governed by humor or caprice; irregular; capricious; whimsical

  3. Humorousadjective

    full of humor; jocular; exciting laughter; playful; as, a humorous story or author; a humorous aspect

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of humorous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of humorous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of humorous in a Sentence

  1. Reilly Flaherty:

    I think what people are finding that this is a pretty humorous, quintessential New York story of this person who goes 50% with trying to have a nice deed but ends up coming off with an asterisk at the end.

  2. Deniz Ceylan:

    When we look at the content of the cases, they're being launched for unbelievable reasons right now, investigations are launched into criticisms that aren't even harsh or that are humorous in nature.

  3. Gareth Iwan Jones:

    There's a lot that's quite humorous about caravanning, and I always look for unintentional humor. But I didn't set out to make a mocking documentary book on caravanning, i wanted to show it for what it is and be quite honest.

  4. David Riesman:

    America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese.

  5. Brooks Atkinson:

    The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.

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