If something is humorous it's funny. Humorous is a fine tone for toasting at your friend’s wedding, but not so much for the reading of someone's last will and testament.

When we talk about humor, we’re usually talking about something funny. But originally the word humorous had to do with the body’s humors, or moods. If you’re reading a medieval book on medicine, you might find descriptions of humorous maladies. Those aren’t joke sicknesses. But if anyone born after 1700 says something is humorous, it means they think it's funny.

Definitions of humorous

adj full of or characterized by humor

humorous stories”
humorous cartoons”
“in a humorous vein”
bantering, facetious, tongue-in-cheek
cleverly amusing in tone
buffoonish, clownish, clownlike, zany
like a clown
amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful, risible
arousing or provoking laughter
comical in an odd or whimsical manner
dry, ironic, ironical, wry
humorously sarcastic or mocking
farcical, ludicrous, ridiculous
broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce
wildly comic and improbable as in Gilbert and Sullivan operas
hilarious, screaming, uproarious
marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter
jesting, jocose, jocular, joking
characterized by jokes and good humor
killing, sidesplitting
very funny
seriocomic, seriocomical
mixing the serious with the comic with comic predominating
characterized by horseplay and physical action
tragicomic, tragicomical
having pathetic as well as ludicrous characteristics
witty or joking
combining clever conception and facetious expression
giving pleasure and satisfaction
humorless, humourless, unhumorous
lacking humor
completely lacking in humor or lightness of touch
humorless and disapproving
not funny; especially failing to achieve the intended humor
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