Definitions

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  • adjective archaic Liable to humours or moods; fickle; ill-tempered.

Etymologies

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humour +‎ -some

Examples

  • Now, whether this humoursome, impertinent way made me disagreeable to

    A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies

  • From his cradle, as I may say, as an only child, and a boy, humoursome, spoiled, mischievous; the governor of his governors.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • This gentleman is very particularly odd and humoursome: and his eldest son being next heir to the maternal estate, if Mr.B. should have no children, was exceedingly dissatisfied with his debasing himself in marrying me; and would have been better pleased had he not married at all, perhaps.

    Pamela

  • And now I do find that I have carried my resentment against this man too far; since now I am to appear as if under an obligation to his patience with me for a conduct, which perhaps he will think (if not humoursome and childish) plainly demonstrative of my little esteem of him; of but a secondary esteem at least, where before, his pride, rather than his merit, had made him expect a first.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But while she said it, Pearl laughed, and began to dance up and down with the humoursome gesticulation of a little imp, whose next freak might be to fly up the chimney.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • And yet, to be fair and honest, this was but the notion one got at a first glint; in a while I thought little was amiss with his looks as he leaned on the table and cracked in a humoursome laughing way with the paneled jury.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • What pleased me first and foremost about this girl Betty, daughter of Provost Brown, were her eyes, then, that showed, even in yon dusky passage, a humoursome interest in young Elrigmore in a kilt coming up-stairs swinging on a finger the key of Lucky Fraser's garret.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • A sublime utterance, full of humoursome matter, if it had been

    Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso

  • The gentleman next in esteem and authority among us, is another bachelor, who is a member of the _Inner-Temple_; a man of great probity, wit, and understanding; but he has chosen his place of residence rather to obey the direction of an old humoursome father, than in pursuit of his own inclinations.

    The Coverley Papers

  • We may take it, then, that the first six months of 1742 were attended by no easy circumstances; and, accordingly, during these months Fielding's hard-worked pen produced no less than three very different attempts to win subsistence from those humoursome jades the nine Muses.

    Henry Fielding: a Memoir

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