What does Humour mean?

Definitions for Humour
ˈhyu mərHu·mour

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. temper, mood, humor, humournoun

    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"

  2. wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittinessnoun

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

  3. humor, humournoun

    (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"

  4. liquid body substance, bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humournoun

    the liquid parts of the body

  5. humor, humournoun

    the quality of being funny

    "I fail to see the humor in it"

  6. humor, humour, sense of humor, sense of humourverb

    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"

  7. humor, humourverb

    put into a good mood


  1. humournoun

    Moist vapour, moisture.

  2. humournoun

    Any of the fluids in an animal body, especially the four "cardinal humours" of blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm that were believed to control the health and mood of the human body.

  3. humournoun

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

  4. humournoun

    One's state of mind or disposition; one's mood.

  5. humournoun

    The quality in events, speech or writing which is seen as funny, or creates amusement, such as a joke, satire, parody, etc.

  6. humourverb

    To pacify by indulging.

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


  1. Humour

    Humour or humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoural medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours, control human health and emotion. People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. The majority of people are able to experience humour, i.e., to be amused, to laugh or smile at something funny, and thus they 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 will find something humorous depends upon 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. Satire may rely more on understanding the target of the humour and thus tends to appeal to more mature audiences.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humour

    hū′mur, or ū′mur, n. the moisture or fluids of animal bodies: an animal fluid in an unhealthy state: state of mind (because once thought to depend on the humours of the body), as 'good' and 'ill humour:' disposition: caprice: a mental quality which delights in ludicrous and mirthful ideas: playful fancy.—v.t. to go in with the humour of: to gratify by compliance.—adj. Hū′moral, pertaining to or proceeding from the humours.—ns. Hū′moralism, the state of being humoral: the doctrine that diseases have their seat in the humours; Hū′moralist, one who favours the doctrine of humoralism; Humoresque′, a musical caprice; Hū′morist, one whose conduct and conversation are regulated by humour or caprice: one who studies or portrays the humours of people: one possessed of humour: a writer of comic stories.—adjs. Humoris′tic, humorous; Hū′morless, without humour; Hū′morous, governed by humour: capricious: irregular: full of humour: exciting laughter.—adv. Hū′morously.—n. Hū′morousness.—adj. Hū′moursome, capricious, petulant.—n. Hū′moursomeness.—Out of humour, out of temper, displeased; The new humour, a so-called modern literary product in which there is even less humour than novelty. [O. Fr. humor (Fr. humeur)—L. humorhumēre, to be moist.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Humour

    distinct from wit, and defined as "a warm, tender, fellow-feeling with all that exists," as "the sport of sensibility and, as it were, the playful, teasing fondness of a mother for a child" ... as "a sort of inverse sublimity exalting into our affections what is below us,... warm and all-embracing as the sun."

Editors Contribution

  1. humour

    The ability to create, perceive and express ourselves with fun and laughter.

    Humour is vital for life for all of humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Humour' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4073

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Humour' in Nouns Frequency: #1684

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Humour in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Humour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Humour in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Palahniuk:

    Someone bent on suicide won't have much sense of humour left.

  2. Mark Twain:

    The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.

  3. Mary Wortley Montagu:

    Prudent people are very happy 'tis an exceeding fine thing, that's certain, but I was born without it, and shall retain to my day of Death the Humour of saying what I think.

  4. Montaigne:

    Books are pleasant, but if by being over-studious we impair our health and spoil our good humour, two of the best things we have, let us give it over. I, for my part, am one of those who think no fruit derived from them can recompense so great a loss.

  5. Sir W Temple:

    In conversation humour is more than wit, easiness, more than knowledge; few desire to learn, or to think they need it; all desire to be pleased, or, if not, to be easy.

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