humor Definition

  • 1the quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech
  • 2a mood or state of mind

Using humor: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "humor" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has a great sense of humor.

  • Example

    The book is full of humor and satire.

  • Example

    He tried to inject some humor into the conversation.

  • Example

    I didn't appreciate his attempt at humor.

humor Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for humor

Antonyms for humor

Idioms Using humor

  • in a particular mood or state of mind


    He's not in a very good humor today.

  • not in a good mood, feeling irritable or unhappy


    She's been out of humor ever since she got the bad news.

  • good-natured humor

    humor that is kind and gentle, not intended to offend or hurt anyone


    He always tells jokes with good-natured humor, never trying to be mean or hurtful.

Phrases with humor

  • the ability to find things funny, the quality of being able to laugh at things


    A good sense of humor is important in life.

  • humor that makes light of otherwise serious situations, often with a morbid or macabre twist


    The movie was a dark comedy with a lot of black humor.

  • a form of humor characterized by understatement, deadpan delivery, and a deliberate lack of emotion


    His jokes are always so dry; you never know if he's serious or not.

Origins of humor

from Old French 'umor', from Latin 'umor' meaning 'moisture'


Summary: humor in Brief

The term 'humor' [ˈhjuːmə(r)] refers to the quality of being amusing or comic, often expressed in literature or speech. It can also denote a mood or state of mind. Examples include 'She has a great sense of humor,' and 'The book is full of humor and satire.' 'Humor' extends into phrases like 'sense of humor,' and idioms like 'in a humor,' denoting a particular mood or state of mind.

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