Hysterical vs. Hilarious - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Hysterical (adjective)

    Of, or arising from hysteria.

  • Hysterical (adjective)

    Having, or prone to having hysterics.

  • Hysterical (adjective)

    Provoking uncontrollable laughter.

  • Hilarious (adjective)

    Very funny; causing great merriment and laughter.

    "a hilarious joke"

  • Hilarious (adjective)

    Full of hilarity; merry.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Hilarious (adjective)

    extremely amusing

    "her hilarious novel"

  • Hilarious (adjective)

    boisterously merry

    "the meal was noisy and hilarious"

Webster Dictionary

  • Hysterical (adjective)

    Extremely funny.

  • Hilarious (adjective)

    Mirthful; noisy; merry.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Hysterical (adjective)

    characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria;

    "during hysterical conditions various functions of the human body are disordered"

    "hysterical amnesia"

  • Hysterical (adjective)

    marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion;

    "hysterical laughter"

    "a mob of hysterical vigilantes"

  • Hilarious (adjective)

    marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter;

    "hilarious broad comedy"

    "a screaming farce"

    "uproarious stories"

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