Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Peevishness; petulance; moodiness.
  • noun The state or quality of being humorous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Moodiness; capriciousness.
  • noun Facetiousness; jocularity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being humorous.
  • noun countable The result or product of being humorous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the trait of merry joking

Etymologies

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From humorous +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Whatever you do, do not apply your own personal cognitive skills to determining the humorousness of any particular clip.

    How to cover satirical political events - chuckle in a non-genuine manner

  • Has familiarity blunted the edge of their humorousness?

    Twilight New Moon – movie review

  • ‘Well, no harm has been done,’ he answered, with the same subdued and tender humorousness that he had shown on such occasions in early life.

    Wessex Tales

  • In his reflections his glance had lingered again upon the pocket-book which Neigh still held in his hand, and upon the two or three rose-leaves on the floor, until he said idly, superimposing humorousness upon misery, as men in love can:

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • He was always of an ingratiating humorousness and endeared himself by an apparent readiness to enter into any joke that was going, especially that of startling the pedestrian by his own sudden apparition from behind a tuft of grass or withered stalk.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • Then in order not to mind too much I loosened my roots, floated a few feet off, and grew to look at things with a faint, pleasant humorousness that spiced my nose like the beginnings of a sneeze.

    Earthly Possessions

  • They are new and fresh and strong, as life always is, and fable never is; and the stories of The Conjure Woman have a wild, indigenous poetry, the creation of sincere and original imagination, which is imparted with a tender humorousness and a very artistic reticence.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • "I have only one at the moment, which is, 'Why haven't we talked before?'" and she glanced with a quiet humorousness at the few unpromising samples of the second cabin who obstructed the windward deck.

    The Nest Builder

  • She had a keen appreciation of the humorousness and quaintness of children.

    Perpetual Light : a memorial

  • And when he says something funny it is in such a delightful and confidential way, with such a genial, quiet, infectious humorousness, that his audience is captivated.

    Acres of Diamonds and His Life and Achievements

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