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[hyoo-mer] /ˈhyu mər/
noun, verb (used with object), Chiefly British.
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for humours
Historical Examples
  • It has its jealousies, and humours, and caprices, like love itself.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The most hopeless of humours assailed him, and he yielded to it without a struggle.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Kenyon looked at Wentworth, who was evidently not feeling in the best of humours.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • As your doctor, now, I prescribe a swim to cool the excessive heat of your humours.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He was not averse to it any longer; he was simply indifferent to all in it except the humours.

  • Uproarious and naïve are the humours of South Street, lying just behind us.


    Christopher Morley
  • They were not long in tumbling into the humours of life at the front.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • I have had moments when I have sympathised with your humours.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Then should you be nothing but musical; for you are altogether governed by humours.

  • Derision, which is so great a part of human comedy, has not spared the humours of children.

    The Children Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for humours


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 humours


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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