I'm looking for a word that can be used in several situations:

  • a moment when you cannot joke
  • a subject that you can't joke about
  • a person who doesn't understand your joke

And I wonder if there are any adjectives that represent above situation or moment or subject or person.

What I found so far is "jokeless", but it sounds like "not funny" differ from what I want. If there is an adjective, 'inhumorable', that might be it.

  • Hi Minime, this kind of single word request is off-topic here at writing.se. But is accepted over at English Language & Usage. I've gone ahead and migrated your question for you. Good luck!
    – linksassin
    Jan 8 at 0:16
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    You are looking for one word that works as an adjective for #1 and #2 and as a noun for #3? I don't think that's possible. But sacrosanct works for #1 and #2: treated as if holy : immune from criticism or violation. This moment is sacrosanct. This subject is sacrosanct. Jan 8 at 3:37
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    A person who doesn't understand joke can usually be a teacher :)
    – Ram Pillai
    Jan 8 at 7:02
  • @linksassin Thank you for moving my question on proper location!
    – Minime
    Jan 8 at 16:03

Some adjectives that come to mind are serious, grave, solemn.

"solemnity" can be useful as a noun, for example:

  • There was no room for jokes due to the solemnity of the occasion.

The term is Serious.

In common usage if the current situation will not permit humor one might be told, "This is serious." or "This is a serious situation." Once stated the joker knows where he stands and what a reception he will get with his five minutes of Vegas. This will cover both the moment asked about and the subject. One who cannot understand a joke is called Clueless. This is a different idea since it is not that they are too serious to understand, they just don't. One may be too serious to enjoy or permit a joke but they get it even if they would rather not.

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