• WordNet 3.6
    • v humour put into a good mood
    • n humour 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"
    • n humour the quality of being funny "I fail to see the humor in it"
    • n humour the liquid parts of the body
    • n humour (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"
    • n humour a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
    • n humour 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"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humour etc. See humor, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Humour hū′mur or ū′mur the moisture or fluids of animal bodies: an animal fluid in an unhealthy state: state of mind (because once thought to depend on the humours of the body), as 'good' and 'ill humour:' disposition: caprice: a mental quality which delights in ludicrous and mirthful ideas: playful fancy
    • v.t Humour to go in with the humour of: to gratify by compliance
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Gallows humour - If people try to make fun or laugh when things are very frightening, dangerous, life-threatening or hopeless, it is gallows humour (or "gallows humor").


In literature:

His humour prompted him to give them the ultimate truth they craved.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Mr. Crabwitz was not in a very good humour, and had almost made up his mind to let his master know that such was the case.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Her happy good temper spoke of a perfectly healthy body, and a mind full of a pleasant humour.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He was in the humour to attempt the impossible.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Good harvests beget good-humour.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
I was at once amused and distressed; my humour was touched, but life's avenue seemed shortened.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
About Mrs. Leigh Cibber is less enthusiastic, but grants her 'a good deal of humour': her old women were famous.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
It is not as if he had no sense of humour.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Our dinner was excellent, and we were all, except Mr Estcourt, in high good humour.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
He was just in the humour for an argument with this young Philistine.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

For sense of humour hath he none,
No gift for telling tales hath he:
Yet thinks himself within his heart
A wit of wondrous drolleree.
"The Bore" by C J Dennis
Bright on the altar of his manly heart
The holy flame of patriot ardour glowed;
Love's fragrant incense, Truth undimmed by Art,
And wit and humour flashing as they flowed.
"Centenary Poem" by Janet Hamilton
The nymph was lovely to be seen,
Her bloom did far excell a queen;
With modest air and graceful mien,
She sweetly smiled;
Her rich attire, both neat and clean,
Her humour mild.
"Art And Nature" by Susannah Hawkins
Along the margin of a meadow walking,
I met three wood-nymphs rambling o'er the scene;
Well-pleas'd, in sportive humour they were talking,
And nature brighten'd into sprightlier green.
"Pleasant View" by Thomas Odiorne
Next time we met in dim surmise,
Upon an autumn morn,
And in those understanding eyes
Shone humour, rainbow-born:
So travelling through this earthly maze,
A greater light fell on my ways.
"Love and Humour" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
Shall the tongue that was spoken by Wallace the wicht,
In the sangs o' thy poets sae lo'esum and bricht,
Sae pithy an' pawkie, sae tender an' true,
O' sense and slee humour an' feelin' sae fu';
"A Plea For The Deric" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

James Hinchcliffe's IndyCar ascent fuelled by sense of humour.
Notable deaths in movies, A to M. Twisted humour drew Woody Harrelson to film.
Notable deaths in arts, A to M. Twisted humour drew Woody Harrelson to film.
Whoever is in charge of your cartoons has a serious lack of taste in humour.
Novelist adds Canada's most prestigious literary prize to his three Leacock humour awards.
There's humour in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla.
Twisted humour drew Woody Harrelson to film.
Vancouver Art Gallery shows humour and irreverence vital in conceptual art.
Humour study has implications for treating vegetative patients.
It's a case of not being put off by a blank stare, but brain researchers think humour might unlock an understanding of how people in vegetative states experience emotions.
Powergen picks Red for ' humour .
Political humour and teachers' tactics.
Peterborough misplaces its sense of humour.
A 2005 study out of Boston discovered that bonuses earned by senior executives are proportional to the amount of humour they use.
It also found that exceptional execs used humour more than twice as much as average in the study interviews.

In science:

We are grateful to: Gary Bower, Reinhard Brinkman, Jean-Pierre Delahaye, Gilbert Guignard, Tor Raubenheimer, Ron Ruth, Nobu Toge, Nick Walker, to many more for lively contributions to the discussion, and to countless others for their patience, forbearance and good humour during our proceedings.
Summary of Discussion Question 4: Energy Expandability of a Linear Collider
A computer model of ”a sense of humour” is formulated.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
The biological function of a sense of humour consists in quickenning the transmission of processed information into conscioussness and in a more effective use of brain resources.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
In everyday life we use humour for amusement, as ”a means of extracting pleasure from the psychical process” and we never ask ourselves why nature has provided us with the sense of humour.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
The present paper is an attempt to answer the question about the biological function of the sense of humour.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm