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HUMOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does humor mean? 

HUMOR (noun)
  The noun HUMOR has 6 senses:

1. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
2. the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
3. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
4. the quality of being funny
5. (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state
6. the liquid parts of the body

  Familiarity information: HUMOR used as a noun is common.


HUMOR (verb)
  The verb HUMOR has 1 sense:

1. put into a good mood

  Familiarity information: HUMOR used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HUMOR (noun)


Sense 1humor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

humor; wit; witticism; wittiness; humour

Hypernyms ("humor" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Domain member usage:

libation ((facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage)

roaster (a harsh or humorous critic (sometimes intended as a facetious compliment))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "humor"):

caricature; imitation; impersonation (a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect)

cartoon; sketch (a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine)

fun; play; sport (verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously))

ribaldry (ribald humor)

topper (an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before)

gag; jape; jest; joke; laugh (a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter)

repartee (adroitness and cleverness in reply)

jeu d'esprit (a witty comment or writing)

bon mot; mot (a clever remark)

esprit de l'escalier (a witty remark that occurs to you too late)

bite; pungency (wit having a sharp and caustic quality)

caustic remark; irony; sarcasm; satire (witty language used to convey insults or scorn)


Sense 2humor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sense of humor; sense of humour; humor; humour

Context examples:

she didn't appreciate my humor / you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor

Hypernyms ("humor" is a kind of...):

fun; playfulness (a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement)


Sense 3humor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

humour; mood; temper; humor

Context examples:

whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time / he was in a bad humor

Hypernyms ("humor" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "humor"):

peeve (an annoyed or irritated mood)

sulk; sulkiness (a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal)

amiability; good humor; good humour; good temper (a cheerful and agreeable mood)

distemper; ill humor; ill humour (an angry and disagreeable mood)


Sense 4humor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being funny

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

humor; humour

Context example:

I fail to see the humor in it

Hypernyms ("humor" is a kind of...):

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "humor"):

comicality (the quality of being comical)


Sense 5humor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

humour; humor

Context example:

the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile

Hypernyms ("humor" is a kind of...):

body substance (the substance of the body)

Domain category:

Dark Ages; Middle Ages (the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance)

antiquity (the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe)

physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms)


Sense 6humor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The liquid parts of the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

liquid body substance; body fluid; bodily fluid; humour; humor

Hypernyms ("humor" is a kind of...):

body substance (the substance of the body)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "humor"):

chyle (a milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats; formed in the small intestine during digestion of ingested fats)

lymph (a thin coagulable fluid (similar to plasma but) containing white blood cells (lymphocytes) and chyle; is conveyed to the blood stream by lymphatic vessels)

come; cum; ejaculate; seed; semen; seminal fluid (the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract)

ink (dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods)

secretion (a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell)

black bile; melancholy (a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy)

choler; yellow bile (a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the liver and to cause irritability and anger)

lochia (substance discharged from the vagina (cellular debris and mucus and blood) that gradually decreases in amount during the weeks following childbirth)

festering; ichor; purulence; pus; sanies; suppuration (a fluid product of inflammation)

cerebrospinal fluid; spinal fluid (clear liquid produced in the ventricles of the brain; fills and protects cavities in the brain and spinal cord)

blood serum; serum (watery fluid of the blood that resembles plasma but contains fibrinogen)

blood (the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped by the heart)

aqueous humor; aqueous humour (the limpid fluid within the eyeball between the cornea and the lens)

vitreous body; vitreous humor; vitreous humour (the clear colorless transparent jelly that fills the posterior chamber of the eyeball)

endolymph (the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear)

perilymph (the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear)

ECF; extracellular fluid (liquid containing proteins and electrolytes including the liquid in blood plasma and interstitial fluid)

intracellular fluid (liquid contained inside the cell membranes (usually containing dissolved solutes))

juice; succus (any of several liquids of the body)

karyolymph (a clear liquid in the cell nucleus in which the nucleolus and chromatin and other structures are dispersed)

milk (produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young)

amnionic fluid; amniotic fluid; waters (the serous fluid in which the embryo is suspended inside the amnion)


HUMOR (verb)


Sense 1humor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into a good mood

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

humor; humour

Hypernyms (to "humor" is one way to...):

gratify; indulge; pander (yield (to); give satisfaction to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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