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NOUN (6)

1. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling;
- Example: "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"
- Example: "he was in a bad humor"
[syn: temper, mood, humor, humour]

2. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter;
[syn: wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittiness]

3. (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state;
- Example: "the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile"
[syn: humor, humour]

4. the liquid parts of the body;
[syn: liquid body substance, bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour]

5. the quality of being funny;
- Example: "I fail to see the humor in it"
[syn: humor, humour]

6. the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous;
- Example: "she didn't appreciate my humor"
- Example: "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
[syn: humor, humour, sense of humor, sense of humour]


VERB (1)

1. put into a good mood;
[syn: humor, humour]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Humor \Hu"mor\, n. [OE. humour, OF. humor, umor, F. humeur, L. humor, umor, moisture, fluid, fr. humere, umere, to be moist. See Humid.] [Written also humour.] 1. Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.; as, the humors of the eye, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: The ancient physicians believed that there were four humors (the blood, phlegm, yellow bile or choler, and black bile or melancholy), on the relative proportion of which the temperament and health depended. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A vitiated or morbid animal fluid, such as often causes an eruption on the skin. "A body full of humors." --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 3. State of mind, whether habitual or temporary (as formerly supposed to depend on the character or combination of the fluids of the body); disposition; temper; mood; as, good humor; ill humor. [1913 Webster] Examine how your humor is inclined, And which the ruling passion of your mind. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster] A prince of a pleasant humor. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] I like not the humor of lying. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. pl. Changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices; freaks; vagaries; whims. [1913 Webster] Is my friend all perfection, all virtue and discretion? Has he not humors to be endured? --South. [1913 Webster] 5. That quality of the imagination which gives to ideas an incongruous or fantastic turn, and tends to excite laughter or mirth by ludicrous images or representations; a playful fancy; facetiousness. [1913 Webster] For thy sake I admit That a Scot may have humor, I'd almost said wit. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] A great deal of excellent humor was expended on the perplexities of mine host. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] Aqueous humor, Crystalline humor or Crystalline lens, Vitreous humor. (Anat.) See Eye. Out of humor, dissatisfied; displeased; in an unpleasant frame of mind. Syn: Wit; satire; pleasantry; temper; disposition; mood; frame; whim; fancy; caprice. See Wit. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

humour \humour\ n. same as humor. [Chiefly Brit.] [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

humour n 1: a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"; "he was in a bad humor" [syn: temper, mood, humor, humour] 2: a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter [syn: wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittiness] 3: (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state; "the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile" [syn: humor, humour] 4: the liquid parts of the body [syn: liquid body substance, bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour] 5: the quality of being funny; "I fail to see the humor in it" [syn: humor, humour] 6: the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor" [syn: humor, humour, sense of humor, sense of humour] v 1: put into a good mood [syn: humor, humour]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

hacker humour humor humour 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. (1995-12-18)