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[goo d-hyoo-merd or, often, -yoo-] /ˈgʊdˈhyu mərd or, often, -ˈyu-/
having or showing a pleasant, amiable mood:
a good-humored man; a good-humored remark.
Also, especially British, good-humoured.
Origin of good-humored
First recorded in 1655-65
Related forms
good-humoredly, adverb
good-humoredness, noun
sunny, cheerful, affable, cheery, warm-hearted. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for good-humoured
Historical Examples
  • Yet I am sure they are both so considerate, good-humoured, and reasonable, that he might spare them.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Montigny had been an actor, and was plump and good-humoured.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The celebrated Haydn was, even at the age of 74, when I last saw him at Vienna, till the most good-humoured bon vivant of his age.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • The easy and good-humoured internationalism of tourist-life is at an end.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • He is treated with good-humoured contempt and kindly patronage.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Some laughed, M. Binet amongst them, with good-humoured mockery.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • He was ready enough to laugh at his friend in a good-humoured way.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • You are too hard on him, said Whiskerandos, in his own frank, good-humoured manner.

    The Rambles of a Rat

    A. L. O. E.
  • He turned to Nicholas with a smile which was meant to be good-humoured.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • He was handsome, and had a wonderfully frank and good-humoured expression.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for good-humoured


being in or expressing a pleasant, tolerant, and kindly state of mind
Derived Forms
good-humouredly, adverb
good-humouredness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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