Definition of gallows humor in English:

gallows humor

Pronunciation /ˈɡalōz ˈ(h)yo͞omər/ /ˈɡæloʊz ˈ(h)jumər/

noun

  • Grim and ironic humor in a desperate or hopeless situation.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I know it's not really funny, but we did find a sort of gallows humour in the situation.’
    • ‘If you're not familiar with the show, you'll be surprised at the undercurrent of danger running through - jokes often come loaded with gallows humor from characters who know they could die if plans don't pan out.’
    • ‘I've said it before, but it's worth saying again: I think it would be a shame if colourful language and the occasional over-the-top analogy or gallows humour were to be stamped out by the relentlessly dull march of political correctness.’
    • ‘I think in real life there is much more gallows humour among the staff - that's how they keep going when they're dealing with murderers on a daily basis.’
    • ‘But on reflection, perhaps Scottish Cricket Limited should consider adopting a variation of that gallows humour in pursuing the Herculean task of persuading Scots that their main summer activity should revolve around cork and willow.’
    • ‘With record-breakingly low turnouts predicted, gallows humour seems de rigueur among London's MEPs, who, under a system introduced in 2001, now all represent me simultaneously.’
    • ‘With gallows humour typical of soldiers on the frontline, the name relates to the insurgents’ unsettling habit of lobbing mortars at them.’
    • ‘I also felt that her self-absorption needed to be tempered by a sort of gallows humour, ever present in her own journals, which prevents the audience from losing sympathy with her during her bleak last days.’
    • ‘A gifted storyteller who delivers in a style that is best described as UK patois; it could make for gloomy listening if there weren't healthy doses of gallows humour among the bleak visions.’
    • ‘His strongest collection of poems, Crow, speaks of death in the abstract with a combination of horror, fascination and gallows humour.’
    • ‘Most people hate it, and the characterisation is a tad shallow, but Shakespeare's beautiful language, Ovidian imagery and a thick vein of gallows humour pull the whole thing together.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, he displayed the full range of his emotional repertoire, complete with gallows humour, as the schizophrenic tale of two Cities unfolded at White Hart Lane.’
    • ‘It allows that people are complicated, and that no amount of Hollywood style over-earnest emoting can take the place of gallows humour as a way to see your way through tragedy.’
    • ‘Plenty of gallows humour was being voiced by the Rangers supporters traversing Hans Christian Boulevard to pitch up at Copenhagen's main square on Wednesday afternoon.’
    • ‘The diminutive professor looks pensive, and tries to extenuate his anguish with a shot at dark, gallows humour.’
    • ‘I mean to say that he doesn't have the cavalier attitude and penchant for gallows humour that a lot of his colleagues do.’
    • ‘Most of us are indulging in the usual gallows humour we use to get us through the general round of threats and attempted assaults that are our daily lot.’

Pronunciation

gallows humor

/ˈɡalōz ˈ(h)yo͞omər/ /ˈɡæloʊz ˈ(h)jumər/