hu·​mor·​ist | \ˈhyü-mə-rist, ˈyü-\

Definition of humorist 

1 archaic : a person subject to whims

2 : a person specializing in or noted for humor

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Mark Twain is perhaps America's most beloved humorist.

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Ward, though little-known today, was a highly popular American humorist whose work influenced Mark Twain. Carole Goldberg,, "Storytelling Champ Matthew Dicks At RJ Julia, Psychotherapist Talks Women's Friendships," 20 June 2018 The late humorist Art Buchwald won a breach of contract lawsuit after demonstrating to a judge's satisfaction that the original idea for the movie was his, not Murphy's. Amber Ferguson,, "Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda: Eddie Murphy's 'Coming to America' turns 30," 29 June 2018 The presence of these same needs and fears almost universally accounts for the success of these particular individuals as humorists. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018 Ecstatic, the teen sat just a few feet away from the star of the show, his unlikely hero: a middle-aged political humorist and YouTube celebrity Daniel Samper. Rebekah F. Ward, The Christian Science Monitor, "How laughter brought more voters to the polls in Colombia," 3 July 2018 Sedaris — notorious for his humor and biting social commentary — is a New York Times bestselling American author, humorist, comedian and radio contributor. Denise Davidson,, "David Sedaris returns with his sharp satirical eye intact," 17 June 2018 The characters created by Gary Burbank at WAKY propelled him to become one of radio's pre-eminent humorists at Cincinnati's WLW and his Earl Pitts editorial satires are still heard on 200 stations. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "60 years ago, WAKY put the crazy in Louisville's rock 'n' roll radio," 7 June 2018 In fact, the humorists are a big part of the problem. Beth Teitell,, "The new microaggression: calling someone middle aged. Even — or especially — if they are," 30 May 2018 Loudon Wainwright III, 70, is a humorist, a Grammy-winning folk guitarist and singer-songwriter, and an actor. WSJ, "Loudon Wainwright III on The Band," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of humorist

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of humorist

: someone (such as a writer) who tells funny stories


hu·​mor·​ist | \ˈhyü-mə-rist, ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humorist

: a person who writes or talks in a humorous way

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playful or foolish behavior

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