noun, verb (used with object) Chiefly British.

Usage note

See -or1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of humour

Historical Examples of humour

  • I found the people corrupted; and I must humour their disease.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • She had a woman's sense of humour, which is not always urbane.


    William J. Locke

  • It is his humour which makes Shakespeare the greatest of dramatists, the most complete of men.

  • The messenger, too, who lends himself to her humour now becomes a proper man.

  • Humour he had in plenty; one has only to recall Acis and Galatea.


    Edward J. Dent

British Dictionary definitions for humour


US humor


the quality of being funny
Also called: sense of humour the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous
situations, speech, or writings that are thought to be humorous
  1. a state of mind; temper; mood
  2. (in combination)ill humour; good humour
temperament or disposition
a caprice or whim
any of various fluids in the body, esp the aqueous humour and vitreous humour
Also called: cardinal humour archaic any of the four bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, choler or yellow bile, melancholy or black bile) formerly thought to determine emotional and physical disposition
out of humour in a bad mood

verb (tr)

to attempt to gratify; indulgehe humoured the boy's whims
to adapt oneself toto humour someone's fantasies
Derived Formshumourful or US humorful, adjectivehumourless or US humorless, adjectivehumourlessness or US humorlessness, noun

Word Origin for humour

C14: from Latin humor liquid; related to Latin ūmēre to be wet, Old Norse vökr moist, Greek hugros wet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for humour

chiefly British English spelling of humor; see -or. Related: Humourous; humourist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper