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[hyoo-muh-resk or, often, yoo-]
  1. a musical composition of humorous or capricious character.
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Origin of humoresque

1875–80; humor + -esque, modeled on German Humoreske
Related formshu·mor·esque·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of humoresque

  • She played, as once before she had played when life seemed sad and tragic, the "Humoresque."

    The Street of Seven Stars

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • In short, in nearly every Negro unit there set in a humoresque attitude to the war.

  • The unearthly beings meet us in all guises, and answer our every mood, whether it be serious or awed, satiric or humoresque.

  • But think of a lively and humoresque clock that does not tick and takes only an hour to record a day.

British Dictionary definitions for humoresque


  1. a short lively piece of music
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Word Origin for humoresque

C19: from German Humoreske, ultimately from English humour
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