a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement: the humor of a situation.
the faculty of perceiving what is amusing or comical: He is completely without humor.
an instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; something humorous: The humor in his joke eluded the audience.
the faculty of expressing the amusing or comical: The author's humor came across better in the book than in the movie.
comical writing or talk in general; comical books, skits, plays, etc.
humors, peculiar features; oddities; quirks: humors of life.
mental disposition or temperament.
a temporary mood or frame of mind: The boss is in a bad humor today.
a capricious or freakish inclination; whim or caprice; odd trait.
(in medieval physiology) one of the four elemental fluids of the body, blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile, regarded as determining, by their relative proportions, a person's physical and mental constitution.
any animal or plant fluid, whether natural or morbid, as the blood or lymph.
to comply with the mood or desires of in order to soothe or make more content or agreeable: Children can sense when you’re just humoring them instead of taking them seriously.You've heard this a hundred times, but please humor me while I tell you again.
to adapt or accommodate oneself to.
Idioms about humor
out of humor, displeased; dissatisfied; cross: The chef is feeling out of humor again and will have to be treated carefully.
- Also especially British, humour .
- hu·mor·ful, adjective
- hu·mor·less, adjective
- hu·mor·less·ly, adverb
- hu·mor·less·ness, noun
- out·hu·mor, verb (used with object)
- pre·hu·mor, noun, verb (used with object)
- un·hu·mored, adjective
- well-hu·mored, adjective
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How to use humor in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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
Scientific definitions for humor
One of the four fluids of the body-blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile-whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval medicine to determine general health and character.
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Cultural definitions for humor
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with humor
see out of sorts (humor).
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