humour

/ˈhjumə / (say 'hyoohmuh)

noun
1. the quality of being funny: the humour of a situation.
2. the faculty of perceiving what is amusing or comical: sense of humour.
3. the faculty of expressing the amusing or comical.
4. speech or writing showing this faculty.
5. mental disposition or tendency; frame of mind.
6. capricious or freakish inclination; whim or caprice; odd traits.
7. Physiology Obsolete one of the four chief bodily fluids, blood, choler or yellow bile, phlegm, and melancholy or black bile (cardinal humours), regarded as determining, by their relative proportions in the system, a person's physical and mental constitution.
8. Biology any animal or plant fluid, whether natural or morbid, such as the blood or lymph.
verb (t)
9. to comply with the wishes of; indulge: to humour a child.
10. to accommodate oneself to.
phrase
11. out of humour, displeased or dissatisfied; cross.
Also, humor. {Middle English humour, from Anglo-French, from Latin (h)ūmor moisture, liquid}
humourless, adjective
Usage: For spelling variation see -our.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • humour — (US humor) ► NOUN 1) the quality of being amusing or comic. 2) a state of mind: her good humour vanished. 3) (also cardinal humour) historical each of four fluids of the body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile or choler, and black bile or melancholy),… …   English terms dictionary

  • humour — chiefly Brit var of HUMOR * * * n. a body fluid. See aqueous humour, vitreous humour …   Medical dictionary

  • humour — n. same as {humor}. [Chiefly Brit.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • humour — / hju:mə/, it. / jumor/ s. ingl. [voce di origine normanna, propr. umore ], usato in ital. al masch. [capacità di cogliere gli aspetti comici o paradossali della vita: il caratteristico h. degli inglesi ] ▶◀ arguzia, ironia, sagacia, spirito,… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • humour — chiefly British English spelling of HUMOR (Cf. humor); see OR (Cf. or). Related: Humourous; humourist …   Etymology dictionary

  • humour — /ˈjumor, ingl. ˈhjuːməu(r)/ [ant. fr. (h)umor, dal lat. (h)umōre(m) «umore»] s. m. inv. senso dell umorismo, spirito □ umorismo, comicità …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • humour — is spelt our in BrE and humor in AmE, and the same distinction applies to the derivative humourless / humorless. Humorous and humorist, however, are spelt the same way in both varieties …   Modern English usage

  • humour — [hyo͞o′mər] n., vt. Brit. sp. of HUMOR …   English World dictionary

  • Humour — Hilarity redirects here. For the U.S. Navy ship, see USS Hilarity (AM 241). Hilarious redirects here. For the stand up special by Louis C.K., see Hilarious (album). For other uses, see Humour (disambiguation). Smiling can imply a sense of humour… …   Wikipedia

  • Humour — Sourire peut impliquer un sens d humour et une émotion d amusement, comme le démontre le personnage de Falstaff d Eduard von Grützner. L humour, au sens large, est une forme d esprit railleuse « qui s attache à souligner le caractère …   Wikipédia en Français

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