Definitions for: Humor


[n] the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
[n] the quality of being funny; "I fail to see the humor in it"
[n] the liquid parts of the body
[n] one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed (in ancient and medieval physiology) to determine your emotional and physical state; "the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile"
[n] a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"; "he was in a bad humor"
[n] a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
[v] put into a good mood



Webster (1913) Definition: Hu"mor, n. [OE. humour, OF. humor, umor, F. humeur, L.
humor, umor, moisture, fluid, fr. humere, umere, to be moist.
See Humid.] [Written also humour.]
1. Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal
bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.; as, the humors of the
eye, etc.

Note: The ancient physicians believed that there were four
humors (the blood, phlegm, yellow bile or choler, and
black bile or melancholy), on the relative proportion
of which the temperament and health depended.

2. (Med.) A vitiated or morbid animal fluid, such as often
causes an eruption on the skin. ``A body full of humors.''
--Sir W. Temple.

3. State of mind, whether habitual or temporary (as formerly
supposed to depend on the character or combination of the
fluids of the body); disposition; temper; mood; as, good
humor; ill humor.

Examine how your humor is inclined, And which the
ruling passion of your mind. --Roscommon.

A prince of a pleasant humor. --Bacon.

I like not the humor of lying. --Shak.

4. pl. Changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices;
freaks; vagaries; whims.

Is my friend all perfection, all virtue and
discretion? Has he not humors to be endured?
--South.

5. That quality of the imagination which gives to ideas an
incongruous or fantastic turn, and tends to excite
laughter or mirth by ludicrous images or representations;
a playful fancy; facetiousness.

For thy sake I admit That a Scot may have humor, I'd
almost said wit. --Goldsmith.

A great deal of excellent humor was expended on the
perplexities of mine host. --W. Irving.

Aqueous humor, Crystalline humor or lens, {Vitreous
humor}. (Anat.) See Eye.

Out of humor, dissatisfied; displeased; in an unpleasant
frame of mind.

Syn: Wit; satire; pleasantry; temper; disposition; mood;
frame; whim; fancy; caprice. See Wit.


Hu"mor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humored; p. pr. & vb. n.
Humoring.]
1. To comply with the humor of; to adjust matters so as suit
the peculiarities, caprices, or exigencies of; to adapt
one's self to; to indulge by skillful adaptation; as, to
humor the mind.

It is my part to invent, and the musician's to humor
that invention. --Dryden.

2. To help on by indulgence or compliant treatment; to
soothe; to gratify; to please.

You humor me when I am sick. --Pope.

Syn: To gratify; to indulge. See Gratify.

Synonyms: bodily fluid, body fluid, humour, humour, humour, humour, humour, liquid body substance, mood, sense of humor, sense of humour, temper, wit, witticism, wittiness

See Also: amiability, amnionic fluid, amniotic fluid, aqueous humor, aqueous humour, black bile, blood, blood serum, body substance, bon mot, caricature, cartoon, caustic remark, cerebrospinal fluid, choler, chyle, content, cum, ECF, ejaculate, endolymph, extracellular fluid, feeling, festering, fun, fun, gag, good humor, good humour, good temper, gratify, ichor, ill humor, ill humour, imitation, impersonation, indulge, ink, intracellular fluid, irony, jape, jest, jeu d'esprit, joke, juice, karyolymph, laugh, lochia, lymph, melancholy, message, milk, mot, pander, perilymph, phlegm, play, playfulness, purulence, pus, quality, repartee, ribaldry, sanies, sarcasm, satire, secretion, seed, semen, seminal fluid, serum, sketch, spinal fluid, sport, sputum, subject matter, substance, succus, sulk, sulkiness, suppuration, topper, vitreous body, vitreous humor, vitreous humour, waters, wheeze, yak, yellow bile

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