Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[hyoo-mer] /ˈhyu mər/
noun, verb (used with object), Chiefly British
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for humour
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • As you say, we Sprattes have a remarkable sense of humour, she replied, dryly.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • I found the people corrupted; and I must humour their disease.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Bertram wished people would not be so fond of exercising their humour at his expense.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • She had a woman's sense of humour, which is not always urbane.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • He was not in a humour for fighting, nor was he at present desirous of blood; so he resolved to go.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for humour


the quality of being funny
Also called sense of humour. the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous
situations, speech, or writings that are thought to be humorous
  1. a state of mind; temper; mood
  2. (in combination): ill humour, good humour
temperament or disposition
a caprice or whim
any of various fluids in the body, esp the aqueous humour and vitreous humour
(archaic) Also called cardinal humour. any of the four bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, choler or yellow bile, melancholy or black bile) formerly thought to determine emotional and physical disposition
out of humour, in a bad mood
verb (transitive)
to attempt to gratify; indulge: he humoured the boy's whims
to adapt oneself to: to humour someone's fantasies
Derived Forms
humourful, (US) humorful, adjective
humourless, (US) humorless, adjective
humourlessness, (US) humorlessness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin humor liquid; related to Latin ūmēre to be wet, Old Norse vökr moist, Greek hugros wet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for humour

chiefly British English spelling of humor; see -or. Related: Humourous; humourist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
humour in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for humour

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for humour

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for humour