I am trying to describe my sense of humor to be contrary and funny, a bit silly and irreverent (not choosing between 2 choices but making my own choice), and not disrespectfully so. I thought about "snarky", but googling that it shows:

(of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide

These words feel negative and hurtful. I want to find a word that is more humorous and light and happy, playful.

It doesn't have to be a word, a good phrase will work.


  • Would the British word "cheeky" fit your description?
    – Teri L
    Jul 19, 2019 at 17:02
  • This is perfect, thank you! Aug 29, 2019 at 18:25

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You might have a wry sense of humor, which would generally be understood to mean ironic (or mildly sarcastic) or with a 'twist' (the root of wry). Here's an ELU response that addresses this.


Since you're describing your sense of humor, "ironic" might fit. I doesn't have any of the negative connotations that "snarky" has.

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