Humour

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Etymology

From Middle English, from Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[humor#Template:Fro|humor]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, from [[humor#|humor]], correctly [[umor#|umor]] (moisture), from [[humere#|humere]], correctly [[umere#|umere]] (to be moist).

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Noun

Humour (usually uncountable; plural [[humours#|humours]]) Template:Label
  1. Template:Label Moist vapour, moisture.
  2. Template:Label Any of the fluids in an animal body, especially the four "cardinal humours" of blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm that were believed to control the health and mood of the human body.
    • Template:RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly, Book I, New York 2001, p. 147:
      A humour is a liquid or fluent part of the body, comprehended in it, for the preservation of it; and is either innate or born with us, or adventitious and acquisite.
    • 1763, Antoine-Simon Le Page Du Pratz, History of Louisisana (PG), (tr. 1774) p. 42:
      For some days a fistula lacrymalis had come into my left eye, which discharged an humour, when pressed, that portended danger.
  3. Template:Label Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humour and vitreous humour.
  4. Template:Label A mood, especially a bad mood; a temporary state of mind or disposition brought upon by an event; an abrupt illogical inclination or whim.
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  5. Template:Label The quality of being amusing, comical, funny. Template:Defdate
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    • Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
      For thy sake I admit / That a Scot may have humour, I'd almost said wit.
    • Washington Irving (1783-1859)
      A great deal of excellent humour was expended on the perplexities of mine host.
    • Template:RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr
      They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups. The boy became volubly friendly and bubbling over with unexpected humour and high spirits.
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Verb

Humour (third-person singular simple present [[humours#|humours]], present participle [[humouring#|humouring]], simple past and past participle [[humoured#|humoured]])
  1. (Articlestransitive) To pacify by indulging.
    I know you don't believe my story, but humour me for a minute and imagine it to be true.

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French

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Noun

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  1. humor; comic effect in a communication or performance.

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Italian

Noun

Humour {{[[Modèle:|]]|}} (invariable)

  1. sense of humour

Old French

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