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gallows humor Syllabification: gal·lows hu·mor
Pronunciation: /ˈɡalōz ˈ(h)yo͞omər/

Definition of gallows humor in English:


Grim and ironic humor in a desperate or hopeless situation.
Example sentences
  • A grim sense of humour - gallows humour - marks journalists' description of their situation.
  • A 5-0 defeat and ridiculously inept performance meant he was a dead man walking and the supporters - sensing it - had indulged in grim gallows humour throughout that match.
  • It is dramatically quite daring and it has got plenty of colour and humour in it - gallows humour, if you like.
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