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Definition of the noun humour

What does humour mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: humours

  1. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
  2. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  3. (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state
  4. the liquid parts of the body
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of humour: bodily fluid / body fluid / humor / 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
  5. the quality of being funny
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of humour: humor
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    • more specific word: comicality = the quality of being comical
  6. the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous

Alternative definition of the noun humour


  1. [obsolete] Moist vapour, moisture.
  2. [archaic or historical] Any of the fluids in an animal body, especially the four "cardinal humours" of blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm that were believed to control the health and mood of the human body.
  3. Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humour and vitreous humour.
  4. One's state of mind or disposition; one's mood.
  5. The quality in events, speech or writing which is seen as funny, or creates amusement, such as a joke, satire, parody, etc.

Definition of the verb humour

What does humour mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: humoured | humouring | humours

  1. put into a good mood

Alternative definition of the verb humour


  1. [transitive] To pacify by indulging.


  1. Humour or humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours, controlled human health and emotion.
    • also known as Humor
  2. "Humour" is a musical album of Ogurusu Norihide.
    • released on (12 years ago)

Phrases with Humour

  1. ill humour
  2. good humour
  3. black humour
  4. Toilet humour
  5. aqueous humour
  6. sense of humour
  7. vitreous humour

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Humour

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Google previewManaging Organizations (1999)

Current Issues by Stewart R Clegg, Cynthia Hardy, Walter R Nord

Humour is the enemy of hubris, while being the friend of authority. In classical...

Google previewBeckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity (2006)

by S. Weller

Unlike the comic, humour is a means of obtaining pleasure in spite of the distressing affects that interfere with it [...]. The conditions for its appearance are given if there is a situation in which, according to our usual habits, we should be tempted ...

Google previewThe Rhetoric of Racist Humour (2011)

US, UK and Global Race Joking by Simon Weaver

Racist humour is a protean form that reflects and refracts modern, late modern and postmodern discourse.

Google previewHilaire Belloc: The Man and His Work (1926)

by C. Creighton Mandell

Humour is the instrument of the critic. If the psychological explanation of laughter be, as some...

Google previewThe Humour Of Pride And Prejudice (2005)

by Michael Kellner

Humour is the quality of being amusing or comic: (...) the ability to appreciate things, situations or people that are comic; the ability to be amused: (...)” (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 1995).

Google previewEncyclopaedia Medica ... (1903)

In concussion injuries, if the suspensory ligament becomes ruptured, the vitreous humour may protrude forwards round the side of the lens, between it and the ciliary body, even into the anterior chamber. In such cases, if an incision be made to ...

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Video language resources about Humour

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Differences between Deaf Humour and Hearing Humour in Irish Sign Language (ISL)

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Quotes about Humour

So I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction, I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even. But I don't say that I consciously wrote with humour. Humour is a part of you that comes out. (Robert Sheckley)
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Scrabble value of H4U1M3O1U1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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