Definition: Humor

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From Middle English humour, from Old French humor, from Latin humor, correctly umor (moisture), from humō, correctly umō (to be moist).


humor (usually uncountable, plural humors) (American spelling)

  1. The quality of being amusing, comical, funny.
  2. A mood, especially a bad mood; a temporary state of mind or disposition brought upon by an event; an abrupt illogical inclination or whim.
    He was in a particularly vile humor that afternoon.
  3. Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humor and vitreous humor.

Derived terms

  • humorism
  • humorist
  • humorous


humor (third-person singular simple present humors, present participle humoring, simple past and past participle humored)

  1. To pacify by indulging.
    I know you don't believe my story, but humor me for a minute and imagine it to be true.


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