Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
    you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor
  2. (noun, attribute) the quality of being funny
  3. (noun, body) the liquid parts of the body
  4. (noun, body) (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state
  5. (noun, communication) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  6. (noun, feeling) a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
    he was in a bad humor
  7. (verb, communication) put into a good mood

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Humor

  1. 1340, "fluid or juice of an animal or plant," from Anglo-Norm. humour, from O.Fr. humor, from L. umor "body fluid" (also humor, by false assoc. with humus "earth"), related to umere "be wet, moist," and to uvescere "become wet." In ancient and medieval physiology, "any of the four body fluids" (blood, phlegm, choler, and melancho… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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