Idioms about humor
Origin of humor
synonym study for humor
OTHER WORDS FROM humor
How to use humor in a sentence
The essayist finds humor, absurdity and delight in life’s experiences.
They’re stories that wrap you in charm and good humor, and a sense of the resilience that undergirds Winspear’s tale.The inspiration for Maisie Dobbs? Jacqueline Winspear’s memoir offers charming clues|Zofia Smardz|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
No one has ever accused the marathon gods of not having a sense of humor.
He and his wife — Hillary, also a music teacher — have always embraced the humor of their name.When your last name is Frankenstein and it’s Halloween|Kellie B. Gormly|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
She has a great sense of humor and makes an excellent Korean tofu rice bowl.Yes, More And More Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents – But Is That Necessarily Bad?|LGBTQ-Editor|October 17, 2020|No Straight News
“Go on then,” she said, as if humoring a grating younger sibling.
We had but one idea, and that was to get away, though we could not forbear humoring our curiosity by peeping out upon the village.Before Adam|Jack London
"I have heard very strange stories about the man" said Alice very solemnly, as if humoring the ignorant old woman's apprehensions.The Broken Sword|Dennison Worthington
Yet he was tactful with the beasts, and given to humoring their moods as far as convenient without ever letting them guess it.Kings in Exile|Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
She'd sweat and stumble after a few minutes run, no amount of dieting, humoring or whipping affected her.The Dark Tower|Phyllis Bottome
He wanted sore to sit up again, but while I made show of humoring him, and getting ready, he dropped off.Hans Brinker|Mary Mapes Dodge
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with humor
see out of sorts (humor).