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What does a dry sense of humor mean?

A dry sense of humour is the type of humour somebody has.
When a person with a dry sense humour tells a joke it is not always obviously funny. He usually tells it using a serious tone or without any emotion.

For example, he might deliver a joke using the same tone of voice as somebody might use when talking about the weather or what they are going to have for dinner. He won’t use energetic gestures or facial expressions either as other comedians like to use.

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A dry sense of humour is a good thing if it is used correctly with an appropriate audience.
A person with a dry sense of humour is usually very clever and entertaining.

It is called a dry humour because it is not obviously funny and people may not be aware of the joke. The “wetter” the joke is the more obviously funny it is, the dryer the joke is the less noticeably funny it is.


Dry humour differs quite a lot from sarcasm as a sarcastic person uses language that mean the opposite of what they intend to say. A sarcastic person uses ironic comments to be funny or amusing, for example:

  • “Do you want some cake?”
  • “No way, who would want cake?” (the person is being sarcastic because of course he wants cake, everybody wants cake. He is being sarcastic or funny)

But unlike dry humour, sarcasm can also be used to mock somebody or insult somebody. For example, if somebody says something really obvious like “it’s raining outside” the sarcastic person might say “Really? Are you sure?”.

In this example the sarcastic person is mocking or insulting the other person as it obvious that it is raining outside.


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