Humor is a word for the quality of being funny — or for appreciating comedy, as in "sense of humor."

Many movies and TV shows — comedies — are full of humor, but there might be humor in any show or even any situation. Since different people find different things funny, there are many different senses of humor and types of humor. Some like wordplay, while others might enjoy slapstick. If you're in good humor, you're in a good mood. The humors are also the liquid parts of the body (you might remember that because many people find bodily fluids humorous).

Primary Meanings of humor

a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
put into a good mood
the liquid parts of the body
Full Definitions of humor

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

humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
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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
adroitness and cleverness in reply
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
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)
ribald humor
an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before
a satirical imitation of heroic verse
backchat, banter, give-and-take, raillery
light teasing repartee
belly laugh, howler, riot, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow
a joke that seems extremely funny
blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story
an indelicate joke
ethnic joke
a joke at the expense of some ethnic group
funny, funny remark, funny story, good story
an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)
a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
a one-line joke
shaggy dog story
a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
sick joke
a joke in bad taste
sight gag, visual joke
a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)
burlesque, charade, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
jocosity, jocularity
fun characterized by humor
waggery, waggishness
waggish behavior
clowning, comedy, drollery, funniness
a comic incident or series of incidents
paronomasia, pun, punning, wordplay
a humorous play on words
cartoon strip, comic strip, funnies, strip
a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n 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
humour, sense of humor, sense of humour
Type of:
fun, playfulness
a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement

n the quality of being funny

“I fail to see the humor in it”
the quality of being comical
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

v put into a good mood

Type of:
gratify, indulge, pander
yield (to); give satisfaction to

n the liquid parts of the body

bodily fluid, body fluid, humour, liquid body substance
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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
the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
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
a clear liquid in the cell nucleus in which the nucleolus and chromatin and other structures are dispersed
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
the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets
blood serum, serum
an amber, watery fluid, rich in proteins, that separates out when blood coagulates
a milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats; formed in the small intestine during digestion of ingested fats
a thin coagulable fluid (similar to plasma but) containing white blood cells (lymphocytes) and chyle; is conveyed to the blood stream by lymphatic vessels
dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods
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
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
seminal fluid produced by male fish
ganoin, ganoine
shiny substance that resemble enamel and is secreted by the corium of certain fishes (especially ganoid fishes) and composes the outer layer of their scales
interstitial fluid
liquid found between the cells of the body that provides much of the liquid environment of the body
cancer juice
a milky substance found in certain cancerous growths
mother's milk
milk secreted by a woman who has recently given birth
colostrum, foremilk
milky fluid secreted for the first day or two after parturition
arterial blood
blood found in arteries
blood group, blood type
human blood cells (usually just the red blood cells) that have the same antigens
coagulated blood from a wound
the blood considered as the seat of vitality
blood stream, bloodstream
the blood flowing through the circulatory system
blood clot, grume
a semisolid mass of coagulated red and white blood cells
cord blood
blood obtained from the umbilical cord at birth
menorrhea, menstrual blood, menstrual flow
flow of blood from the uterus; occurs at roughly monthly intervals during a woman's reproductive years
venous blood
blood found in the veins
whole blood
blood that has not been modified except for the addition of an anticoagulant
blood plasma, plasm, plasma
the colorless watery fluid of the blood and lymph that contains no cells, but in which the blood cells (erythrocytes, leukocytes, and thrombocytes) are suspended
blood serum containing antibodies against specific antigens; provides immunity to a disease
lachrymal secretion, lacrimal secretion
saline fluid secreted by lacrimal glands; lubricates the surface of the eyeball
perspiration, sudor, sweat
salty fluid secreted by sweat glands
digestive fluid, digestive juice
secretions that aid digestion
endocrine, hormone, internal secretion
the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
intestinal juice
secretions by glands lining the walls of the intestines
autacoid, autocoid
any physiologically active internal secretion especially one of uncertain classification
synovia, synovial fluid
viscid lubricating fluid secreted by the membrane lining joints and tendon sheaths etc.
mucous secretion, mucus
protective secretion of the mucus membranes; in the gut it lubricates the passage of food and protects the epithelial cells; in the nose and throat and lungs it can make it difficult for bacteria to penetrate the body through the epithelium
saliva, spit, spittle
a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands; with perspiration it moistens and protects the skin
a thin morbid discharge as from a wound or especially chronic gonorrhea
royal jelly
a secretion of the pharyngeal glands of bees that is fed to very young larvae and to bees destined to be queens
an odorous glandular secretion from the male musk deer; used as a perfume fixative
a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
a chemical substance secreted externally by some animals (especially insects) that influences the physiology or behavior of other animals of the same species
milk whey, whey
the serum or watery part of milk that is separated from the curd in making cheese
Type of:
body substance
the substance of the body

n a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

“he was in a bad humor
humour, mood, temper
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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
jolliness, jollity, joviality
feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
a sullen gloomy feeling
choler, crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, irritability, peevishness, petulance
an irritable petulant feeling
Type of:
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n (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”
Type of:
body substance
the substance of the body

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