adjective Date: 15th century 1. obsolete humid 2. a. full of or characterized by humor ; funny b. indicating or expressive of a sense of humor Synonyms: see wittyhumorously adverbhumorousness noun

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  • Humorous — Hu mor*ous, a. [Cf. L. humorosus, umorosus, moist. See {Humor}.] 1. Moist; humid; watery. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] All founts wells, all deeps humorous. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to be governed by humor or caprice; irregular; capricious;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • humorous — [hyo͞o′mər əs, yo͞o′mər əs] adj. [ HUMOR + OUS; HUMOROUS sense 2 < Fr humoreux (< L), HUMOROUS sense 3 < L humorosus] 1. having or expressing humor; funny; amusing; comical 2. Archaic whimsical; capricious …   English World dictionary

  • humorous — index jocular, ludicrous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • humorous — early 15c., “relating to the body humors,” a native formation from humor, or else from M.Fr. humoreux damp, from O.Fr. humor (see HUMOR (Cf. humor)). The meaning “funny” dates from 1705 in English. Related: Humorously; humorousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • humorous — *witty, facetious, jocular, jocose Analogous words: droll, comic, comical, farcical, funny, *laughable: amusing, diverting, entertaining (see AMUSE) Contrasted words: grave, *serious, earnest, solemn, sober …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • humorous — [adj] funny, comical amusing, camp*, campy*, comic, droll, entertaining, facetious, farcical, hilarious, jocose, jocular, jokey, joshing, laughable, ludicrous, merry, playful, pleasant, priceless, ribald, screaming*, side splitting*, too funny… …   New thesaurus

  • humorous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing amusement. 2) having or showing a sense of humour. DERIVATIVES humorously adverb humorousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • humorous — humorous1 humorously, adv. humorousness, n. /hyooh meuhr euhs/ or, often, /yooh /, adj. 1. characterized by humor; funny; comical: a humorous anecdote. 2. having or showing the faculty of humor; droll; facetious: a humorous person. [1570 80;… …   Universalium

  • humorous — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ find sth ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …   Collocations dictionary

  • humorous — [[t]hju͟ːmərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone or something is humorous, they are amusing, especially in a clever or witty way. He was quite humorous, and I liked that about him. ...a humorous magazine. Derived words: humorously ADV GRADED ADV with v …   English dictionary

  • humorous — hu|mor|ous [ˈhju:mərəs US ˈhju: , ˈju: ] adj funny and enjoyable ▪ humorous stories ▪ The film has some mildly humorous moments. >humorously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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