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[hyoo-mer] /ˈhyu mər/
noun, verb (used with object), Chiefly British.
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for humouring
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  • She had loved this unalterable good-temper of his, and admired the tactful way he had of humouring women.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • Whether he is really going to let her or is only humouring her, I don't know.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • And both he and his wife are soon aware that in doing so, he is only humouring the caprice of a dying man.

  • Instead of flattering and humouring him, he became imperious and spiteful.

  • The three, as if humouring a child in its play, feigned a profound ignorance of what Nanna had in hand.

    The Helpmate May Sinclair
  • And, while she was humouring him, it suddenly occurred to her, why not do it thoroughly?

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • I said, forgetting caution and the need that existed for humouring him, everything in fact, in my anxiety.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
  • Surely it was not humouring this boy to let him sit down when he was tired.

  • They knew Jun wanted them to believe he was joking, humouring Paul.

    The Black Opal Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • In humouring her up to a point, Byron had acted for the best.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron Francis Henry Gribble
British Dictionary definitions for humouring


the quality of being funny
Also called sense of humour. the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous
situations, speech, or writings that are thought to be humorous
  1. a state of mind; temper; mood
  2. (in combination): ill humour, good humour
temperament or disposition
a caprice or whim
any of various fluids in the body, esp the aqueous humour and vitreous humour
(archaic) Also called cardinal humour. any of the four bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, choler or yellow bile, melancholy or black bile) formerly thought to determine emotional and physical disposition
out of humour, in a bad mood
verb (transitive)
to attempt to gratify; indulge: he humoured the boy's whims
to adapt oneself to: to humour someone's fantasies
Derived Forms
humourful, (US) humorful, adjective
humourless, (US) humorless, adjective
humourlessness, (US) humorlessness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin humor liquid; related to Latin ūmēre to be wet, Old Norse vökr moist, Greek hugros wet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humouring


chiefly British English spelling of humor; see -or. Related: Humourous; humourist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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