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English noun: humor

1. humor (communication) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Synonymshumour, wit, witticism, wittiness

Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance

Narrower (hyponym)bite, bon mot, caricature, cartoon, caustic remark, esprit de l'escalier, fun, gag, imitation, impersonation, irony, jape, jest, jeu d'esprit, joke, laugh, mot, play, pungency, repartee, ribaldry, sarcasm, satire, sketch, sport, topper

Domain usage memberslibation, roaster

2. humor (attribute) the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous

SamplesShe didn't appreciate my humor.
You can't survive in the army without a sense of humor.

Synonymshumour, sense of humor, sense of humour

Broader (hypernym)fun, playfulness

3. humor (feeling) a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

SamplesWhether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time.
He was in a bad humor.

Synonymshumour, mood, temper

Broader (hypernym)feeling

Narrower (hyponym)amiability, distemper, good humor, good humour, good temper, ill humor, ill humour, peeve, sulk, sulkiness

4. humor (attribute) the quality of being funny

SamplesI fail to see the humor in it.


Broader (hypernym)quality

Narrower (hyponym)comicality

5. humor (body) (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state

SamplesThe humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile.


Broader (hypernym)body substance

Domain categoryantiquity, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, physiology

6. humor (body) the liquid parts of the body

Synonymsbodily fluid, body fluid, humour, liquid body substance

Broader (hypernym)body substance

Narrower (hyponym)amnionic fluid, amniotic fluid, aqueous humor, aqueous humour, black bile, blood, blood serum, cerebrospinal fluid, choler, chyle, come, cum, ECF, ejaculate, endolymph, extracellular fluid, festering, ichor, ink, intracellular fluid, juice, karyolymph, lochia, lymph, melancholy, milk, perilymph, purulence, pus, sanies, secretion, seed, semen, seminal fluid, serum, spinal fluid, succus, suppuration, vitreous body, vitreous humor, vitreous humour, waters, yellow bile

English verb: humor

1. humor (communication) put into a good mood


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)gratify, indulge, pander

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