humor


1hu·mor

noun \ˈhyü-mər, ˈyü-\

: a funny or amusing quality

: jokes, funny stories, etc., of a particular kind

: the ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny

Full Definition of HUMOR

1
a :  a normal functioning bodily semifluid or fluid (as the blood or lymph)
b :  a secretion (as a hormone) that is an excitant of activity
2
a in medieval physiology :  a fluid or juice of an animal or plant; specifically :  one of the four fluids entering into the constitution of the body and determining by their relative proportions a person's health and temperament
b :  characteristic or habitual disposition or bent :  temperament <of cheerful humor>
c :  an often temporary state of mind imposed especially by circumstances <was in no humor to listen>
d :  a sudden, unpredictable, or unreasoning inclination :  whim
3
a :  that quality which appeals to a sense of the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous
b :  the mental faculty of discovering, expressing, or appreciating the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous
c :  something that is or is designed to be comical or amusing
out of humor
:  out of sorts

Examples of HUMOR

  1. He didn't appreciate the humor of the situation.
  2. Someday, you'll see the humor in this.
  3. Everyone likes the gentle humor of his stories of family life.
  4. She doesn't care for ethnic humor.
  5. The book is a collection of American humor.
  6. His humor is one of his most attractive qualities.

Origin of HUMOR

Middle English humour, from Anglo-French umor, umour, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin humor, from Latin humor, umor moisture; akin to Old Norse vǫkr damp, Latin humēre to be moist, and perhaps to Greek hygros wet
First Known Use: 14th century

2humor

verb

: to try to please or satisfy (someone) by doing what is wanted

hu·moredhu·mor·ing \ˈhyüm-riŋ, ˈyüm-, ˈhyü-mə-, ˈyü-\

Full Definition of HUMOR

transitive verb
1
:  to soothe or content by indulgence
2
:  to adapt oneself to

Examples of HUMOR

  1. The only way to get along with him is to humor him.
  2. <humored her grandfather by listening to his war stories for the hundredth time>

First Known Use of HUMOR

1588

hu·mor

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HUMOR

1
a : a normal functioning bodily semifluid or fluid (as the blood or lymph) b : a secretion (as a hormone) that is an excitant of activity
2
in ancient and medieval physiology : a fluid or juice of an animal or plant; specifically : one of the four fluids that were believed to enter into the constitution of the body and to determine by their relative proportions a person's health and temperament—see black bile, blood 3, phlegm 1, yellow bile

Variants of HUMOR

hu·mor or chiefly British hu·mour \ˈhyü-mər, ˈyü-\

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