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Idioms for humor
Origin of humor
synonym study for humor
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Example sentences from the Web for humor
As her seniority and literary reputation grew, she also taught classes in creative writing and literary humor.Alison Lurie, Pulitzer-winning novelist of mordant wit and boundless empathy, dies at 94|Phoebe Connelly|December 4, 2020|Washington Post
Anyone who’s ever wondered how doctors arrive at their dry senses of humor would do well to read “Rest and Be Thankful.”Emma Glass’s ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ powerfully describes what it means to be a health-care worker|Pete Tosiello|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
A good sense of humor and the laughter that follows depend on an ample measure of social intelligence and working memory resources.Laughing Is Good For Your Mind And Your Body – Here’s What The Research Shows|LGBTQ-Editor|November 23, 2020|No Straight News
There’s also a touch of humor, says Martz, pointing to signs on the property that ask visitors to stay “one Lincoln apart,” and show a cartoon of the 6-foot-4 president lying horizontally.At tourist sites, masking up without diluting the experience|Vicky Hallett|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
Like Barbra Streisand before her, Rekha Shankar just wants her humor to be taken seriously.
Rob Beyer, the dean of students at Rosslyn, described her as good-humored and adventurous.Jessica Buchanan, Dedicated Teacher, Lover of Africa, Victim of Pirates|Josh Dzieza|January 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Jay-Z is reinvigorated, witty, and good-humored, while West has reeled in some of his id-gone-haywire shtick.Best Music Albums of 2011: The Weeknd, Drake, Britney Spears, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2011|DAILY BEAST
On his way to the stand, a good-humored Berezovsky offered his own chair to the press.
Asked about those meetings, the Egyptian said he felt mostly like he was being humored.The State Department's School for Revolutionary Bloggers|Mike Giglio|February 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
“They had to be good humored, athletic, good looking, charming,” says Monteiro.
His attitude became one of good-humored subservience and tacit adoration.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Brigette humored the gormandizing of her master, the only weakness of the goodman.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
So Bud was perfectly aware of the fact that he would be missed, and he was ill-humored enough to be glad of it.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
Besides, he had that frank, good-humored expression which always impresses me favorably.A Passion in the Desert|Honore de Balzac
Lynn was a humored, wayward child, and this cold severity did more to quiet him than an hour's rhetorical pleading.Alone|Marion Harland
Medical definitions for humor
Scientific definitions for humor
Doctors in ancient times and in the Middle Ages thought the human body contained a mixture of four substances, called humors, that determined a person's health and character. The humors were fluids (humor means fluid in Latin), and they differed from each other in being either warm or cold and moist or dry. Each humor was also associated with one of the four elements, the basic substances that made up the universe in ancient schemes of thought. Blood was the warm, moist humor associated with the element fire, and phlegm was the cold, moist humor associated with water. Black bile was the cold, dry humor associated with the earth, and yellow bile was the warm, dry humor associated with the air. Illnesses were thought to be caused by an imbalance in the humors within the body, as were defects in personality, and some medical terminology in English still reflects these outmoded concepts. For example, too much black bile was thought to make a person gloomy, and nowadays symptoms of depression such as insomnia and lack of pleasure in enjoyable activities are described as melancholic symptoms, ultimately from the Greek word melancholia, excess of black bile, formed from melan-, black, and khole, bile. The old term for the cold, clammy humor, phlegm, lives on today as the word for abnormally large accumulations of mucus in the upper respiratory tract. Another early name of yellow bile in English, choler, is related to the name of the disease cholera, which in earlier times denoted stomach disorders thought to be due to an imbalance of yellow bile. Both words are ultimately from the Greek word chole, bile.
Cultural definitions for humor
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Idioms and Phrases with humor
see out of sorts (humor).