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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 humours
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  • Sometimes I muse and rave; and walking up and down I indite and enregister these my humours, these my conceits.

  • Strolling out into the High Street he began observing the humours of the day.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • You young ship-boys have the character of being a little erratic in your humours at times.

    The Red Rover James Fenimore Cooper
  • The most hopeless of humours assailed him, and he yielded to it without a struggle.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • But, anyhow, seldom without its humours, which is the main thing.

  • Kenyon looked at Wentworth, who was evidently not feeling in the best of humours.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • He answered that kings had humours and peculiarities of their own, unknown to ordinary mortals.

  • 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 would not only consult the interest of the people, but I would cheerfully gratify their humours.

  • I have had moments when I have sympathised with your humours.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
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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