Humorous vs. Comical - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Humorous (adjective)

    Full of humor or arousing laughter; funny.

    "The waiters were so humorous - one even did a backflip for us, when we asked him."

  • Humorous (adjective)

    Showing humor; witty, jocular.

  • Humorous (adjective)

    Damp or watery.

  • Humorous (adjective)

    Dependent on or caused by one's humour or mood; capricious, whimsical.

  • Comical (adjective)

    Originally, relating to comedy.

    "It was a comical performance."

  • Comical (adjective)

    Funny, whimsically amusing.

    "The tutor excelled in comical scoldings."

  • Comical (adjective)

    Laughable; ridiculous.

    "He's just put salt in his tea instead of sugar. What a comical error!"

Oxford Dictionary

  • Humorous (adjective)

    causing laughter and amusement; comic

    "a humorous and entertaining talk"

  • Humorous (adjective)

    having or showing a sense of humour

    "his humorous grey eyes"

  • Comical (adjective)

    amusing, especially in a ludicrous or absurd way

    "a series of comical misunderstandings"

Webster Dictionary

  • Humorous (adjective)

    Moist; humid; watery.

  • Humorous (adjective)

    Subject to be governed by humor or caprice; irregular; capricious; whimsical.

  • Humorous (adjective)

    Full of humor; jocular; exciting laughter; playful; as, a humorous story or author; a humorous aspect.

  • Comical (adjective)

    Relating to comedy.

  • Comical (adjective)

    Exciting mirth; droll; laughable; as, a comical story.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Humorous (adjective)

    full of or characterized by humor;

    "humorous stories"

    "humorous cartoons"

    "in a humorous vein"

  • Comical (adjective)

    arousing or provoking laughter;

    "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"

    "an amusing fellow"

    "a comic hat"

    "a comical look of surprise"

    "funny stories that made everybody laugh"

    "a very funny writer"

    "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"

    "a mirthful experience"

    "risible courtroom antics"

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