humour meaning

[ 'hju:mə ] Pronunciation:   "humour" in a sentence
  • Noun: humour  hyoomu(r)
    Usage: Brit, Cdn (=humor)
    1. A message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
      - wit, humor [US], witticism, wittiness, drollness 
    2. The trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
      "she didn't appreciate my humour"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humour"
      - humor [US], sense of humor [N. Amer], sense of humour [Brit, Cdn] 
    3. A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
      "he was in a bad humour"
      - temper, mood, humor [US] 
    4. The quality of being funny
      "I fail to see the humour in it"
      - humor [US] 
    5. (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state
      "the humours are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile"
      - humor [US] 
    6. The liquid parts of the body
      - liquid body substance, bodily fluid, body fluid, humor [US]
    Verb: humour  hyoomu(r)
    Usage: Brit, Cdn (=humor)
    1. Put into a good mood
      - humor [US]

    Derived forms: humours, humouring, humoured

    See also: humourist [Brit, Cdn], humourous [Brit, Cdn, non-standard]

    Type of: body substance, content, feeling, fun, gratify, indulge, message, pander, playfulness, quality, subject matter, substance

    Encyclopedia: Humour

  • [Medicine]
    chiefly Brit var of HUMOR
    or chiefly Brit hu·mour n
    a : a normal functioning bodily semifluid or fluid (as the blood or lymph)
    b : a secretion (as a hormone) that is an excitant of activity
    2 in ancient and medieval physiology : a fluid or juice of an animal or plant; specif : one of the four fluids that were believed to enter into the constitution of the body and to determine by their relative proportions a person's health and temperament —see BLACK BILE, BLOOD 3 PHLEGM 1 YELLOW BILE

  • [Computer]
    A distinctive style of shared intellectual humour found among hackers, having the following marked characteristics:

    1. Fascination with form-vs.-content jokes, paradoxes, and humour having to do with confusion of metalevels (see meta). One way to make a hacker laugh: hold a red index card in front of him/her with "GREEN" written on it, or vice-versa (note, however, that this is funny only the first time).

    2. Elaborate deadpan parodies of large intellectual constructs, such as specifications (see write-only memory), standards documents, language descriptions (see INTERCAL), and even entire scientific theories (see quantum bogodynamics, computron).

    3. Jokes that involve screwily precise reasoning from bizarre, ludicrous, or just grossly counter-intuitive premises.

    4. Fascination with puns and wordplay.

    5. A fondness for apparently mindless humour with subversive currents of intelligence in it - for example, old Warner Brothers and Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons, the Marx brothers, the early B-52s, and Monty Python's Flying Circus. Humour that combines this trait with elements of high camp and slapstick is especially favoured.

    6. References to the symbol-object antinomies and associated ideas in Zen Buddhism and (less often) Taoism. See has the X nature, Discordianism, zen, ha ha only serious, AI koan.

    See also filk and retrocomputing. If you have an itchy feeling that all 6 of these traits are really aspects of one thing that is incredibly difficult to talk about exactly, you are (a) correct and (b) responding like a hacker. These traits are also recognizable (though in a less marked form) throughout science-fiction fandom.


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  1. he was not in the humour to seek anything.
  2. you ought to humour your younger brother a little.
  3. she flattered him into a good humour.
  4. she departed with the child, in good humour.
  5. their humour is not unlike the american.

Related Words

  1. humorless meaning
  2. humorlessly meaning
  3. humorous meaning
  4. humorously meaning
  5. humorousness meaning
  6. humouring meaning
  7. humourist meaning
  8. humourless meaning
  9. humourlessly meaning
  10. humourous meaning
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