Definition of "humour" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of humor. (noun)
  • The quality of being funny (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous (noun)
  • Situations, speech, or writings that are thought to be humorous (noun)
  • A state of mind; temper; mood (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • Temperament or disposition (noun)
  • A caprice or whim (noun)
  • Any of various fluids in the body, esp the aqueous humour and vitreous humour (noun)
  • Any of the four bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, choler or yellow bile, melancholy or black bile) formerly thought to determine emotional and physical disposition (noun)
  • To attempt to gratify; indulge (verb)
  • To adapt oneself to (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "humour" in a sentence
  • "III. ii.439 (293,5) [to a living humour of madness] If this be the true reading we must by _living_ understand _lasting_, or _permanent_, but I cannot forbear to think that some antithesis was intended which is now lost; perhaps the passage stood thus, _I drove my suitor from a_ dying _humour of love to a living humour of madness_."
  • "Or rather thus, _from a mad humour of love to a_ loving _humour of madness_, that is, from a _madness_ that was _love_, to a _love_ that was _madness_."
  • "The butt of his humour is a group so ostentatiously righteous that few commentating on the Booker mentioned Jacobson's attack."