hilarious 1823, "cheerful," from L. hilaris "cheerful, of good cheer" (see HILARITY (Cf. hilarity)) + -OUS (Cf. -ous). Meaning "boisterously joyful" is from 1830s. Related: Hilariously.

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  • hilarious — hi|lar|i|ous [hıˈleəriəs US ˈler ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: hilarus cheerful , from Greek hilaros] extremely funny ▪ a hilarious story >hilariously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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