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[hyoo-mer-ist or, often, yoo-]
  1. a person who is skillful in the use of humor, as in writing, talking, or acting.
  2. a person with an active sense of humor.
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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
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Historical Examples of humoristic

  • The Bernesque type, that is, the humoristic, was created by him and bears his name.

    Initiation into Literature

    Emile Faguet

  • The pure and touching morality of Thouar conflicted with the humoristic and cynical freedom of Montazio.

  • But what made him first known outside those communities where the French tongue is spoken were his humoristic sketches.

  • The humoristic method is a potent instrument for working such contractions and expansions at will.

  • In spite of all that the doctor could say, La Cibot had no belief in this wear and tear of the nervous system by the humoristic.

    Cousin Pons

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for humoristic


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



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

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