gallows humour

gallows humour
gallows humour NOUN grim and ironical humour in a desperate or hopeless situation.

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  • gallows humour — noun Grim, sardonic humour • • • Main Entry: ↑gallows * * * gallows humour UK US noun [uncountable] humour about unpleasant or serious things such as death or disease Thesaurus: quality of being funny and funny situationssynonym * * * ˌgallows… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gallows humour — If people try to make fun or laugh when things are very frightening, dangerous, life threatening or hopeless, it is gallows humour (or gallows humor ) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • gallows humour — gallows .humour BrE gallows humor AmE n [U] humour which makes very unpleasant or dangerous things seem funny …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gallows humour — British & Australian, American & Australian humour that makes unpleasant things, such as death, seem funny. Many of the patients I worked with knew they were dying. There was a lot of gallows humour …   New idioms dictionary

  • gallows humour — BrE gallows humor AmE noun (U) humour which makes very unpleasant or dangerous things seem funny …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gallows humour — /gæloʊz ˈhjumə/ (say galohz hyoohmuh) noun macabre, ironic humour. Also, gallows humor …  

  • gallows humour — noun grim and ironical humour in a desperate or hopeless situation …   English new terms dictionary

  • gallows humour — UK / US noun [uncountable] humour about unpleasant or serious things such as death or disease …   English dictionary

  • Gallows humor — (Galgenhumor in German), derives from gallows which is a platform with a noose used to execute people by hanging. Gallows humor is the type of humor that still manages to be funny in the face of, and in response to, a perfectly hopeless situation …   Wikipedia

  • gallows — has been treated since the 16c as a singular noun, with a (rarely used) plural gallowses. Gallows humour means ‘grim and ironical humour’ …   Modern English usage

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