American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality that makes something laughable or amusing; funniness: could not see the humor of the situation.
- n. That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement: a writer skilled at crafting humor.
- n. The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd. See Synonyms at wit1.
- n. One of the four fluids of the body, blood, phlegm, choler, and black bile, whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval physiology to determine a person's disposition and general health.
- n. Physiology A body fluid, such as blood, lymph, or bile.
- n. Physiology Aqueous humor.
- n. Physiology Vitreous humor.
- n. A person's characteristic disposition or temperament: a boy of sullen humor.
- n. An often temporary state of mind; a mood: I'm in no humor to argue.
- n. A sudden, unanticipated whim. See Synonyms at mood1.
- n. Capricious or peculiar behavior.
- v. To comply with the wishes or ideas of; indulge.
- v. To adapt or accommodate oneself to. See Synonyms at pamper.
- idiom. out of humor In a bad mood; irritable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Moisture; an exhalation.
- n. An animal fluid, whether natural or morbid; now, especially, any of the thinner bodily fluids, limpid, serous, or sanious, as the constituent fluids or semi-fluids of the eye, or the watery matter in some cutaneous eruptions. The four cardinal humors of ancient physicians were the blood, choler (yellow bile), phlegm, and melancholy (black bile), regarded by them as determining, by their conditions and proportions, a person's physical and mental qualities and disposition. See
- n. Hence One's special condition of mind or quality of feeling; peculiarity of disposition, permanent or temporary; mental state; mood: as, a surly humor; a strange humor.
- n. Specifically— Disposition, especially a capricious disposition; freak; whim; vagary; oddness of mood or manners: in this sense very fashionable in the time of Shakspere.
- n. A facetious or jocular turn of mind, as in conversation; the disposition to find, or the faculty of finding, ludicrous aspects or suggestions in common facts or notions.
- n. In lit., witty, droll, or jocose imagination, conspicuous in thought and expression, and tending to excite amusement; that quality in composition which is characterized by the predominance of the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous in the choice or treatment of a theme: distinguished from wit, which implies superior subtlety and finer thought. Humor in literature may be further distinguished by its humane and sympathetic quality, by force of which it is often found blending the pathetic with the ludicrous, and by the same stroke moving to tears and laughter, in this respect improving upon the pure and often cold intellectuality which is the essence of wit.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. Fancy, whimsey, crotchet, fad.
- n. and.
- n. Wit, Humor (see wit); pleasantry, jocoseness, facetiousness, jocularity.
- To comply with the humor, fancy, or disposition of; soothe by compliance; indulge; gratify.
- To endeavor to comply with the peculiarities or exigencies of; adapt one's self to; suit or accommodate: as, to humor one's part or the piece.
- Synonyms Indulge, etc. See gratify.
- To give a slight direction or turn to (a fly, in fishing, or the like).
- n. uncountable A mood, especially a bad mood; a temporary state of mind brought upon by an event; an abrupt illogical inclination or whim.
- n. medicine Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humour and vitreous humour.
- n. A fluid or semi-fluid of the body.
- v. transitive : To pacify by indulging.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.
- n. (Med.) A vitiated or morbid animal fluid, such as often causes an eruption on the skin.
- n. State of mind, whether habitual or temporary (as formerly supposed to depend on the character or combination of the fluids of the body); disposition; temper; mood.
- n. Changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices; freaks; vagaries; whims.
- n. That quality of the imagination which gives to ideas an incongruous or fantastic turn, and tends to excite laughter or mirth by ludicrous images or representations; a playful fancy; facetiousness.
- v. To comply with the humor of; to adjust matters so as suit the peculiarities, caprices, or exigencies of; to adapt one's self to; to indulge by skillful adaptation.
- v. To help on by indulgence or compliant treatment; to soothe; to gratify; to please.
- n. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
- n. the quality of being funny
- n. the liquid parts of the body
- n. the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
- n. (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state
- v. put into a good mood
- n. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
- From Middle English, from Old French humor, from Latin humor, correctly umor ("moisture"), from humere, correctly umere ("to be moist"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, fluid, from Old French umor, from Latin ūmor, hūmor. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There might be more of it were there not a tolerably constant strain of humor, though more generally the characteristic American good humor than wit or comedy.”
“The word "humor" comes from the Greek word for fluid or juice.”
“The author's ultimate goal, cloaked in humor, is to be serious about the errors both individuals and society are prone to.”
“This meaning of the word humor as a bodily fluid is now preserved in the aqueous and vitreous humors of the eyeball.”
“You'll be much smarter about movies after watching it (and yes, the humor is as dark as ever).”
“In his 40th film as director, Woody Allen revisits themes of life, love and mortality that he has examined before; but this time the humor is a bit darker and the characters, perhaps, more desperate.”
“While some of the humor is a bit dated, most holds up rather well, and the production design here is nothing short of stunning.”
“After reading Ou on va, Papa by Jean-Louis Fournier I am forever convinced of the dark side to any humorous memoir, in fact, that book had me wondering whether humor is almost always a way to speak about rage and fear without giving in to those more dangerous emotions.”
“Dartin said technically what I call humor is actually called deflection and that my parents were spending Good Money for me to be talking about My Feelings instead of avoiding them.”
“About 70% of the humor is accidental, via the bad dialogue and acting.”
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