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Definition of "humor" []

  • The quality that makes something laughable or amusing; funniness: could not see the humor of the situation. (noun)
  • That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement: a writer skilled at crafting humor. (noun)
  • The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd. See Synonyms at wit1. (noun)
  • One of the four fluids of the body, blood, phlegm, choler, and black bile, whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval physiology to determine a person's disposition and general health. (noun)
  • Physiology A body fluid, such as blood, lymph, or bile. (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.

Use "humor" in a sentence
  • "There might be more of it were there not a tolerably constant strain of humor, though more generally the characteristic American “good humor” than wit or comedy."
  • "The word "humor" comes from the Greek word for fluid or juice."
  • "The author's ultimate goal, cloaked in humor, is to be serious about the errors both individuals and society are prone to."