Definitions of humour
  1. noun
    the quality of being funny
    synonyms: humor
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    the quality of being comical
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
    synonyms: humor, 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
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    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  3. noun
    the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
    synonyms: humor, sense of humor, sense of humour
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    fun, playfulness
    a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
  4. verb
    put into a good mood
    synonyms: humor
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    gratify, indulge, pander
    yield (to); give satisfaction to
  5. noun
    (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state
    synonyms: humor
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    body substance
    the substance of the body
  6. noun
    the liquid parts of the body
    synonyms: bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, 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
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    body substance
    the substance of the body
  7. noun
    a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
    synonyms: humor, 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
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    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
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