Often called tounge-in-cheek or dry, subtle:
Tongue-in-cheek is a term that refers to a style of humour in which things are said only half seriously, or in a subtly mocking way
Dry humour is humour told in a “dry” way, without emotion, e.g. seriously. So you tell a joke like it’s not a joke, in a matter-of-fact kind of way.
- Humorous or sarcastic in a shrewd, impersonal way.
- dry is really no more than a clever circumlocution or a punch line that doesn’t need to be said.
- Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which something humorous is said or done by a person, while not exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression.
- Playing with words and meanings. Using double meanings.
- So slight as to be difficult to detect or describe; elusive:
- Difficult to understand; ambiguous: