1. [syn: humorist, humourist]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Humorist \Hu"mor*ist\, n. [Cf. F. humoriste.]
1. (Med.) One who attributes diseases of the state of the
2. One who has some peculiarity or eccentricity of character,
which he indulges in odd or whimsical ways.
He [Roger de Coverley] . . . was a great humorist in
all parts of his life. --Addison.
3. One who displays humor in speaking or writing; one who has
a facetious fancy or genius; a wag; a droll; especially,
one who writes or tells jokes as a profession.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
The reputation of wits and humorists. --Addison.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
92 Moby Thesaurus words for "humorist":
advertising writer, annalist, art critic, author, authoress,
banana, banterer, belletrist, bibliographer, buffoon, burlesquer,
card, caricaturist, clown, coauthor, collaborator, columnist,
comedian, comic, compiler, composer, copywriter, creative writer,
critic, cutup, dance critic, diarist, drama critic, dramatist,
droll, encyclopedist, epigrammatist, essayist, free lance,
free-lance writer, funnyman, gag writer, gagman, gagster, ghost,
ghostwriter, inditer, ironist, jester, joker, jokesmith, jokester,
kidder, lampooner, literary artist, literary craftsman,
literary critic, literary man, litterateur, logographer, madcap,
magazine writer, man of letters, merry-andrew, monographer,
music critic, newspaperman, novelettist, novelist, pamphleteer,
parodist, penwoman, poet, prankster, prose writer, punner, punster,
quipster, reparteeist, reviewer, satirist, scenario writer,
scenarist, scribe, scriptwriter, short-story writer, storyteller,
technical writer, wag, wagwit, wisecracker, wit, witling,
word painter, wordsmith, writer, zany
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
HUMORIST, n. A plague that would have softened down the hoar
austerity of Pharaoh's heart and persuaded him to dismiss Israel with
his best wishes, cat-quick.
Lo! the poor humorist, whose tortured mind
See jokes in crowds, though still to gloom inclined --
Whose simple appetite, untaught to stray,
His brains, renewed by night, consumes by day.
He thinks, admitted to an equal sty,
A graceful hog would bear his company.