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[hyoo-muh-resk or, often, yoo-] /ˌhyu məˈrɛsk or, often, ˌyu-/
a musical composition of humorous or capricious character.
Origin of humoresque
1875-80; humor + -esque, modeled on German Humoreske
Related forms
humoresquely, adverb Unabridged
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  • She played, as once before she had played when life seemed sad and tragic, the "humoresque."

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In short, in nearly every Negro unit there set in a humoresque attitude to the war.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • The unearthly beings meet us in all guises, and answer our every mood, whether it be serious or awed, satiric or humoresque.

  • But think of a lively and humoresque clock that does not tick and takes only an hour to record a day.

British Dictionary definitions for humoresque


a short lively piece of music
Word Origin
C19: from German Humoreske, ultimately from English humour
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