hu·​mor·​ist | \ ˈhyü-mə-rist How to pronounce humorist (audio) , ˈyü-\

Definition of humorist

1 archaic : a person subject to whims
2 : a person specializing in or noted for humor

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Examples of humorist in a Sentence

Mark Twain is perhaps America's most beloved humorist.

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Rick Chandler Rick Chandler, a Peninsula sportswriter and inveterate humorist, died Aug. 10. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: San Mateo to observe its 125th birthday next month," 16 Aug. 2019 In addition to being a celebrated actor, Eisenberg is a playwright and a humorist who’s written for the New Yorker and McSweeney’s. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Jesse Eisenberg on the “aspirational and also absurd” manliness in his new movie," 12 July 2019 As the humorists say, the definition of a lawyer is a person who puts two people into a fight and runs off with their clothes. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "In the Trump era, the lawyer jokes are on us," 31 May 2019 The humorist Finley Peter Dunne used it in 1893, when a character assesses two replicas of Irish villages at the Chicago World’s Fair. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "What ‘Debunking’ Owes to a 1923 Novel and Buncombe County, N.C.," 4 Jan. 2019 But my favorite writer at that time was Flann O’Brien, the great Irish humorist. New York Times, "Niall Ferguson: By the Book," 11 Jan. 2018 His illustrations, one-liners, and miniature line poems caught the attention of almost 600,000 followers—including humorists, comedians, and artists like Patton Oswalt, Will Arnett, and Mara Wilson. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jonny Sun Knows That Twitter Can Still Be The Internet's Good Place," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce humorist (audio) , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humorist

: a person who writes or talks in a humorous way

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