before 900; Middle English, Old English:
mind, thought; cognate with German Witz, Old Norse vit;
akin to wit2
refer to an ability to perceive and express a sense of the clever or amusing. Humor
consists principally in the recognition and expression of incongruities or peculiarities present in a situation or character. It is frequently used to illustrate some fundamental absurdity in human nature or conduct, and is generally thought of as more kindly than wit: a genial and mellow type of humor; his biting wit. Wit
is a purely intellectual manifestation of cleverness and quickness of apprehension in discovering analogies between things really unlike, and expressing them in brief, diverting, and often sharp observations or remarks.