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
  1. adjective
    full of or characterized by humor
    humorous stories”
    humorous cartoons”
    “in a humorous vein”
    synonyms: humourous
    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
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    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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