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ill humor

a disagreeable or surly mood.
Origin of ill humor
First recorded in 1560-70
Related forms
ill-humored, adjective
ill-humoredly, adverb
ill-humoredness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But the old beggar-king in the joy of his heart did not notice his ill humor.

  • Not to-night were good spirits like his to be quenched by a servant's ill humor.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • To the extreme annoyance of those about her, all is now hurry and bustle and ill humor.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • But her master was in an ill humor, and he responded to her questions with brief words.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • This state of things produced a great deal of ill humor in the city.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • His ill humor was so tragic that in spite of herself Mary laughed.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • Mr. Maxwell had got over his ill humor, and was chatting in a lively way.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • This cutting speech was all that was needed to complete Dotty's ill humor.

  • Prasad's ill humor was plainly marked in his meagre appetite.

  • I think I should like that, exclaimed Don eagerly, forgetting his ill humor.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour

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