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[hyoo-mer] /ˈhyu mər/
noun, verb (used with object), Chiefly British
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for humour
  • His humour was both a gift and an art that brought joy to all who knew him.
  • There may, though, be a sinister reality behind the humour.
  • Turning everything to wit or humour is a strategy for survival and a redeeming route to acceptance and popularity.
  • His personable manner and good humour won him these distinctions.
  • Even directions can be managed as long as you maintain a sense of humour and patience.
  • The whole point of satire is to convey a serious under the guise of humour.
  • The central character is a likeable and dedicated policeman with a dry sense of humour.
  • When the work was done, she liked a party and had a broad sense of humour.
  • It is fair to predict that they will do so without violence and with considerable good humour.
  • They will watch from the sidelines and accept the preordained results with grim humour.
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
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Word Origin and History for humour

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

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