Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of or characterized by humor; funny: a humorous story.
  • adj. Employing or showing humor; witty: a humorous writer.
  • adj. Archaic Given to moods or whims; capricious.
  • adj. Obsolete Damp; moist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of humor or arousing laughter; funny.
  • adj. Showing humor; witty, jocular.
  • adj. Damp or watery.
  • adj. Dependent on or caused by one's humour or mood; capricious, whimsical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moist; humid; watery.
  • adj. Subject to be governed by humor or caprice; irregular; capricious; whimsical.
  • adj. Full of humor; jocular; exciting laughter; playful

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Moist; humid.
  • Prone to be moved by humor or caprice; whimsical; crotchety.
  • Characterized by or full of humor; exciting laughter; comical; diverting; funny: as, a humorous story or author.
  • Synonyms Facetious, jocose, witty, droll.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of or characterized by humor

Etymologies

From humour +‎ -ous. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Something that I find to be darkly humorous is that I think Obama has lost his belief that he, through his power of the One, can resolve the Palestinian issue and I am beginning to think he blames it ON the people calling themselves Palestinians.

    J Street apologist miscounts Israeli options. | RedState

  • In my twenties and thirties I competed successfully in humorous speech contests.

    The Fractal Murders: The Story Behind the Story

  • I also, actually, have always been very interested in humorous writing, writing satires for quirky magazines for years, but have never had quite the chance to do it in book form.

    A Talk with Paula Kamen, author of All in My Head

  • After reading that article, I have concluded you should formally change your last name to "Triblett" ... has a certain humorous sound to it ...

    HOGAN SCANDAL HITS HIS DISTRICT- UPDATED

  • What I find so humorous is that Obama has said what you guys have WANTED TO HEAR since he announced his presidency in Jan 2007.

    Showdown in Dededo

  • Those who've done it well in humorous mysteries are you, Pari, Sue Ann Jaffarian, Bill Fitzhugh, and then a whole list of others who are more in the black comedy arena.

    Death X 2

  • What makes this humorous is how people lose site of the value of life - easier to do thanks to the nature of the crime - in favor of the trivial discussions over percentages and the accuracy with Christ's crucifixion.

    REVIEW: Infinity Plus - The Anthology edited by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers

  • What I find a little humorous is the fact that I have watched 4 generations of my family deterorate from this strange organism and the scientist at Mayo and UofM shrugged their shoulders at us and would not even take the time to actually look and listen.

    Bees In My Easter Bonnet

  • The backyard ballistics people at Box O 'Truth took some of the material that goes into body armor, laid it over blocks of clay, and shot it with a bunch of different weapons, writing up the results in humorous science-fair style:

    Boing Boing: February 19, 2006 - February 25, 2006 Archives

  • The word was used in humorous reference to the farm-raised quail released for hunting by Vice President, Dick Cheney, and others on Katharine Armstrong's south Texas ranch.

    Boing Boing: February 12, 2006 - February 18, 2006 Archives

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