For all your dictionary needs!
Spelling. Are you looking for Humor, Rumor, or Tumor?
Header of humor

Humor

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun humor:

wittemperhumourmood

Humor is sometimes a misspelling of humour.

Video footage: happy senior asian couple playing and have fun with humor
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the noun humor

What does humor mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: humors

  1. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  2. the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
    • examples: she didn't appreciate my humor | you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of humor: humour / sense of humor / sense of humour
    • more generic words: fun / playfulness = a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
  3. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
  4. the quality of being funny
    • example: I fail to see the humor in it
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of humor: humour
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    • more specific word: comicality = the quality of being comical
  5. (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state
  6. the liquid parts of the body
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of humor: bodily fluid / body fluid / humour / liquid body substance
    • more generic term: body substance = the substance of the body
    • more specific terms:
      • aqueous humour / aqueous humor = the limpid fluid within the eyeball between the cornea and the lens
      • vitreous humour / vitreous humor / vitreous body = the clear colorless transparent jelly that fills the posterior chamber of the eyeball
      • endolymph = the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
      • perilymph = the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
      • extracellular fluid / ECF = liquid containing proteins and electrolytes including the liquid in blood plasma and interstitial fluid
      • intracellular fluid = liquid contained inside the cell membranes
      • succus / juice = any of several liquids of the body
      • karyolymph = a clear liquid in the cell nucleus in which the nucleolus and chromatin and other structures are dispersed
      • milk = produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
      • amnionic fluid / amniotic fluid / waters = the serous fluid in which the embryo is suspended inside the amnion
      • blood = the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets
      • blood serum / serum = an amber, watery fluid, rich in proteins, that separates out when blood coagulates
      • chyle = a milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats
      • lymph = a thin coagulable fluid (similar to plasma but) containing white blood cells (lymphocytes) and chyle
      • seminal fluid / ejaculate / semen / come / seed / cum = the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
      • ink = dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods
      • secretion = a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
      • black bile / melancholy = a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
      • yellow bile / choler = a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the liver and to cause irritability and anger
      • lochia = substance discharged from the vagina (cellular debris and mucus and blood) that gradually decreases in amount during the weeks following childbirth
      • suppuration / festering / purulence / sanies / ichor / pus = a fluid product of inflammation
      • cerebrospinal fluid / spinal fluid = clear liquid produced in the ventricles of the brain

Alternative definition of the noun humor

noun

  1. [uncountable] The quality of being amusing, comical, funny. [definition from the early 18th c.]
  2. [archaic] Four fluids (blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm) that were believed to control the health and mood of the human body. [definition from the 15th c.]
  3. [uncountable] A mood, especially a bad mood.
  4. [medicine] Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humour and vitreous humour.

Definition of the verb humor

What does humor mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: humored | humoring | humors

  1. put into a good mood

Alternative definition of the verb humor

verb

  1. [transitive]: To pacify by indulging.

Music

"Humor" is a composition.

Writings

  1. "Humor" is a book by Garrison Keillor.
    • genre: Humour
  2. "Humor" is a book by Nicolae Stoicescu.
  3. "Humor" is a book by Simon Critchley.

Phrases with Humor

  1. Dry humor
  2. ill humor
  3. good humor
  4. black humor
  5. Potty Humor
  6. aqueous humor
  7. Gallows humor
  8. sense of humor
  9. vitreous humor
  10. Locker Room Humor

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Humor

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewIntroduction to Dialectical Logic (1975)

by Henri Wald

Humor is a specifically and deeply human attitude. The only being that has succeeded — by the...

Google previewChurch Union (1899)

Humor is a mental dynamite that often breaks through the crust of opposition or of reserve in order that argument and logic may follow.

Humor is an idealist, and its ideals are always high.

Humor is the soul's lapidary; the angles of prejudice are rounded into respectful attention; the rough corners of conceit made smooth; ...

Google previewThe American Whig Review (1852)

Humor is the music of discords, just as poetry is the echo of harmony. The difference between them is, between being tickled, and being caressed or sympathized with. Humor is the point in which pain and pleasure meeting produce a third ...

Google previewTreasury of Thought (1884)

Forming an Encyclopedia of Quotations from Ancient and Modern Authors by Maturin Murray Ballou

Humor is a quality which dwells in the same character with pathos, and which is always mingled with sensibility, being the offspring of a sympathizing fancy. — Heury Gdes. Humor is the harmony of the heart. — Douylas Jerrold. HYPOCRISY .

Google previewWhen Congress Makes a Joke (2004)

Congressional Humor Then and Now by Dean L. Yarwood

One astute commentator writes, "Political humor is a very serious business.

Google previewBiofilm Eradication and Prevention (2010)

A Pharmaceutical Approach to Medical Device Infections by Tamilvanan Shunmugaperumal

The aqueous humor is a dynamic watery fluid that is continuously secreted by the ciliary body and drained out by a trabecular meshwork returning to the blood stream through schlemm's canal. It maintains a pressure that imparts the convex ...

Google previewLSAT For Dummies (with Free Online Practice Tests) (2014)

by Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch, Amy Hackney Blackwell

Humor is a universal concept, so you should still start your speech with a joke even when speaking in a foreign country. All of the following, if true, weaken this argument EXCEPT: (A) It is very difficult to translate a joke into another language, ...

Google previewThe Gerontology Nurse's Guide to the Community-Based Health Network (2014)

by Brenda L. Bonham Howe, MSN, RN, BSLS

The humor is often self-directed. Teasing and jesting are common (Dean, 2003). Native American humor draws on the stories of animal people, especially the trickster coyote. Humor is a critical part of the culture and serves several functions .

Google previewThank God for Evolution (2008)

How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World by Michael Dowd

Humor is an essential facet of creativity and a must for healthy families. As Patch Adams, M.D., has said, “Humor is an antidote to all ills. It forms the foundation of good physical and mental health. Humor is vital in healing the problems of ...

Google previewDivided Canaan (2010)

by Rachelle Michel

They say humor is a manifestation of great inner pain. It is safe to say that the funniest people always have a heartbreaking story to tell. Some have lost a loved one; someone very close has abused others. Some are tragically wrestling with ...

Google previewCommunication in Nursing - E-Book (2014)

by Julia Balzer Riley

Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.

Google previewEffective First-Person Biblical Preaching (2009)

The Steps from Text to Narrative Sermon by J. Kent Edwards

Humor is an enormously powerful dramatic and persuasive tool. What we laugh at we agree with. As you construct your message, feel free...

Humor is a tool not a necessity. • Emotion is critical. You need to help your listeners weep with those ...

Google previewComic Effects (1989)

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor in Literature by Paul Lewis

These statements develop disputes around the following broad propositions: that humor is a sign of weakness or strength,

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

humor horseman n. cavallarizzo. hospice n. spizio. hospital n. spitale. hot adj.

Google previewThe Anti-Dictionary (2002)

A Selected List of Words Being Forced from the Modern Lexicon by Michael Cromwell

However, as lifestyles coalesce, humor, like many other things, seems to be universal or global, to the point that one day we might all be laughing at the same jokes and possibly ostracized for not participating, with our lack of participation seen ...

Google previewRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Women (2004)

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge by Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender

Womens studies scholarship has modified the popular Freudian view of hostility humor as cathartic for the performer or teller. Viewing people from inclusive rather than exclusive perspectives, feminism questions the advisability of creating ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Humor

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Photos about Humor

Click on an item to view that photo:

humor

If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Odessa, Ukraine - April 1, 2016: People celebrate Humorina. Humorina is a great cheerful humor fest, annually held on the April Fool's Day. Carnival clown humorous festival processionSmall photo of Odessa, Ukraine - April 1, 2016: People celebrate Humorina. Humorina is a great cheerful humor fest, annually held on the April Fool's Day. Carnival clown humorous festival processionSmall photo of Odessa, Ukraine - April 1, 2016: People celebrate Humorina. Humorina is a great cheerful humor fest, annually held on the April Fool's Day. Carnival clown humorous festival processionSmall photo of Odessa, Ukraine - April 1, 2012: People celebrate Humorina. Humorina is a great cheerful humor fest, annually held on the April Fool's Day. Carnival clown humorous festival processionSmall photo of Odessa, Ukraine - April 1, 2012: People celebrate Humorina. Humorina is a great cheerful humor fest, annually held on the April Fool's Day. Carnival clown humorous festival processionSmall photo of Gabrovo, Bulgaria May 19, 2018. Traditional Carnival of Humor and Satire. Street art. A march of humorous models, masks and costumes.Small photo of Gabrovo, Bulgaria May 19, 2018. Traditional Carnival of Humor and Satire. Street art. A march of humorous models, masks and costumes. A Korean woman takes a picture in front of a model. More...

Video language resources about Humor

Click on an item to play that video:

View more videos about ill humor, Potty Humor, College Humor, Gallows humor, and Vitreous Humor.

See also the pronunciation examples of Humor!

Sign language

Click on an item to play that video:

Quotes about Humor

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit. (Aristotle)
more quotes about humor...

Scrabble value of H4U1M3O1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of HUMOR

What do you get if you rearrange the letters?

See also the blanagrams of Humor!

Share this page

Next...

Go to the usage examples of Humor to see it in context!


Privacy Policy | Cookies Policy
Keyword Tool | Romanian-English Dictionary