- 1The quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech: his tales are full of humourMore example sentences
- They are full of raw Taiwanese humor and literary surprises.
- They remain a benchmark of quality for British humour.
- What made all this watchable, indeed endearing, was a constant thread of humour and the quality of the writing and acting.
- 1.1The ability to express humour or amuse other people: their inimitable brand of humourMore example sentences
- Sense of humour is still a winner with both sexes; 64 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men rated it the most important personality trait.
- Sense of humor is said to be the biggest turn-on.
- Sense of humour is definitely what we need in this particular subject matter, and especially looking at that text.
- 2A mood or state of mind: her good humour vanished the clash hadn’t improved his humourMore example sentences
- This resulted in some labels for groups that reflected participant moods or humor.
- You forgave her for anything, noticed her every little change and could naturally sense her mood or humour.
- Twenty minutes later we were shown to our table and instantly, everyone's humour improved.
- 2.1 [count noun] • archaic An inclination or whim: and have you really burnt all your Plays to please a Humour?More example sentences
- The female incapable of intellectual purpose, governed by her whims and humours, is a misogynistic cliche not only of the time, but very much of his writings.
- 3 (also cardinal humour) [count noun] • historical Each of the four chief fluids of the body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile (choler), and black bile (melancholy)) that were thought to determine a person’s physical and mental qualities by the relative proportions in which they were present.More example sentences
- According to humoral theory, the body comprised of the four humours blood, phlegm, choler, and melancholy; and pathological conditions are the result of humoral abnormalities.
- According to this theory, the most important determinants of health were the four humours found in the body: blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile.
- Traditionally, disease is seen as the effect of bad winds and an imbalance of the four humors of the body.
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- 1Comply with the wishes of (someone) in order to keep them content, however unreasonable such wishes might be: she was always humouring him to prevent troubleMore example sentences
- I had always figured he humored me while I chattered away so he could take some more pictures.
- I can't really understand the distinct aversion felt by the three persons who humored me by coming along.
- But the old man seemed to have made up his mind, and so, to humor him, he did as he wished.
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- A person’s ability to appreciate humour: in all the ups and downs of his life he never lost his sense of humourMore example sentences
- In short, I find him a little humourless and dull.
- On the basis of his TV performance, I expected him to be humourless and gloomy.
- She was a joyless, humorless woman, stark and judgmental.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin humor 'moisture', from humere (see humid). The original sense was 'bodily fluid' (surviving in aqueous humour and vitreous humour); it was used specifically for any of the cardinal humours (sense 3 of the noun), whence 'mental disposition' (thought to be caused by the relative proportions of the humours). This led, in the 16th century, to the senses 'mood' (sense 2 of the noun) and 'whim', hence to humour someone 'to indulge a person's whim'. sense 1 of the noun dates from the late 16th century.