humorless humorless  /ˈhju mər ləs/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) lacking humor

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Following her election to the Knesset, she became a protege of Ariel Sharon, and gained a reputation for being modest and humorless but always on the straight and narrow.
  2. In their social universe, this kind of rhetorical slap-fighting is just how you do business, and anybody who feels otherwise is thin-skinned and humorless.
  3. An often enchanting presence, the young star is stiff and humorless here.

News

  1. Facebook's Complaint Process Is Arbitrary — But So Is Campaigning

    Bennett Haselton writes "After initial abuse reports failed to shut down some anti-women and pro-rape pages on Facebook, a wider lobbying campaign succeeded in prompting a Facebook policy change. This has been alternately hailed as a vindication of the campaigner's cause, or derided as proof that Facebook can be cowed by humorless feminists. In reality, the success of the campaign was most ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Slashdot

  2. In 'After Earth,' Jaden Smith proves again that he's no movie star

    'After Earth' wouldn't exist had actor Will Smith not cooked it up as yet another star vehicle for his son. This sci-fi adventure about a boy who must become a man to save himself and his wounded warrior father in a hostile world is a corny, generally humorless picture from director M. Night Shyamalan ('The Sixth Sense,' 2010's insipid 'The Last Airbender').
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  3. "Man of Steel": Why So Serious, Latest Superman?

    In Zack Snyder's annihilative, 97-percent-humorless Superman movie, Henry Cavill plays the strapping orphan from another world, pursued to Earth by a eugenics-mad strongman played by Michael Shannon. This conflict is predicated on the good faith of a father played by Russell Crowe, which is perso...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: SF Weekly

Quotes

  1. But in a recent interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Heigl said, "It's a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It was hard for me to love the movie."
    on Sep 17, 2007 By: Katherine Heigl Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. "I know good comic fodder when I see it, and any chance to mock the humorless is worth the effort," Adams said.
    on Feb 20, 2008 By: Scott Adams Source: Burlington Hawk Eye

  3. "He has a very intellectual approach to politics," Gerson says. "When he tries to be populist and partisan, he often comes across as humorless, brittle and nasty. ...... He's the worst populist I've ever seen."
    on Jan 24, 2010 By: Michael Gerson Source: USA Today

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