Definitions for humorˈhyu mər; often ˈyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hu•mor*ˈhyu mər; often ˈyu-

  1. (n.)a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement.

  2. the faculty of perceiving and expressing or appreciating what is amusing or comical:

    a writer with humor and zest.

  3. an instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; something humorous.

  4. comical writing or talk in general; comical books, skits, plays, etc.

  5. mental disposition or temperament.

  6. a temporary mood or frame of mind:

    in a sulky humor today.

  7. a capricious or freakish inclination; whim or caprice; odd trait.

  8. any animal or plant fluid, esp. one of the body fluids once regarded as determining a person's constitution: blood, phlegm, black bile, or yellow bile.

    Category: Physiology

  9. (v.t.)to comply with the humor or mood of in order to soothe, cheer up, etc.:

    to humor a child.

  10. to adapt or accommodate oneself to:

    I'll humor your whim for now.

  11. Ref: Also, esp. Brit., humour.

Idioms for humor:

  1. out of humor,dissatisfied; cross.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: humor , wit refer to an ability to perceive and express a sense of the clever or amusing. humor consists principally in the recognition and expression of incongruities or peculiarities present in a situation or character. It is frequently used to illustrate some fundamental absurdity in human nature or conduct, and is generally thought of as a kindly trait: a genial and mellow type of humor. wit is a purely intellectual, often spontaneous, manifestation of cleverness and quickness in discovering analogies between things really unlike, and expressing them in brief, diverting, and often sharp observations: biting wit.

Origin of humor:

1300–50; ME (h)umour < AF < L (h)ūmor moisture, bodily fluid =(h)ūm(ēre) to be wet (cf. humid ) +-ōr- -or1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittiness(noun)

    a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

  2. humor, humour, sense of humor, sense of humour(noun)

    the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous

    "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"

  3. temper, mood, humor, humour(noun)

    a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

    "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"; "he was in a bad humor"

  4. humor, humour(noun)

    the quality of being funny

    "I fail to see the humor in it"

  5. humor, humour(noun)

    (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state

    "the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile"

  6. liquid body substance, bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour(verb)

    the liquid parts of the body

  7. humor, humour(verb)

    put into a good mood

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. humor(noun)ˈumɚ

    a quality that makes people laugh

    There is a lot of humor in the book.

  2. humorˈumɚ

    sb's ability to be funny or understand what is funny

    She's very nice, but she has no sense of humor.


  1. humor(Noun)

    The quality of being amusing, comical, funny.

  2. humor(Noun)

    One of four fluids (blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm) that were believed to control the health and mood of the human body.

  3. humor(Noun)

    A mood, especially a bad mood; a temporary state of mind brought upon by an event; an abrupt illogical inclination or whim.

    He was in a particularly vile humor that afternoon.

  4. humor(Noun)

    Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humour and vitreous humour.

  5. humor(Noun)

    A fluid or semi-fluid of the body.

  6. humor(Verb)

    : To pacify by indulging.

    I know you don't believe my story, but humor me for a minute and imagine it to be true.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humor(noun)

    moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.; as, the humors of the eye, etc

  2. Humor(noun)

    a vitiated or morbid animal fluid, such as often causes an eruption on the skin

  3. Humor(noun)

    state of mind, whether habitual or temporary (as formerly supposed to depend on the character or combination of the fluids of the body); disposition; temper; mood; as, good humor; ill humor

  4. Humor(noun)

    changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices; freaks; vagaries; whims

  5. Humor(noun)

    that quality of the imagination which gives to ideas an incongruous or fantastic turn, and tends to excite laughter or mirth by ludicrous images or representations; a playful fancy; facetiousness

  6. Humor(verb)

    to comply with the humor of; to adjust matters so as suit the peculiarities, caprices, or exigencies of; to adapt one's self to; to indulge by skillful adaptation; as, to humor the mind

  7. Humor(verb)

    to help on by indulgence or compliant treatment; to soothe; to gratify; to please

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. humor

    The tabasco sauce that gives life a flavor.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Humor

    Works consisting of jokes and facetiae relating to a subject.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HUMOR

    An outbreak, either of skin or brains frequently branded as Rash.


  1. Humour

    Humour or humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours, controlled human health and emotion. People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—i.e., to be amused, to smile or laugh at something funny—and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour induced by humour to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, whose purely physical nature makes it more accessible to them.

Translations for humor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a state of mind; a mood or humour

He's in a bad temper.

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