[hyoo-mer-ist or, often, yoo-]
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Origin of humorist

1590–1600; < French humoriste, equivalent to humour (< E) + -iste -ist. Compare Italian (h)umorista capricious, subject to humors
Related formshu·mor·is·tic, hu·mor·is·ti·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a person who acts, speaks, or writes in a humorous way
Derived Formshumoristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for humorist

1590s, from humor (n.) + -ist. Perhaps on model of Middle French humoriste.

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