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hu•mor(ˈhyu mər; often ˈyu-)
2. a tendency toward coarse joking. Also buffoonery. — buffoon, n. — buffoonish, adj.
2. coarsely witty stories or books. — facetious, adj.
2. a joke or a jest.
3. the state or quality of humorousness or playfulness. — jocose, adj.
2. a person given to coarse, satirical humor, like that of Rabelais. — Rabelaisian, adj.
2. a person who uses satire or makes satirical comments.
- Funny as a crutch —American colloquialism
This typifies the ironic simile that says one thing while it means quite the opposite. A variation that takes the irony an extra step: “Funny as a rubber crutch.”
- Funny as a dirty joke at a funeral —William Mcllvanney
- Funny as your own funeral —Anon
- Good jests bite like lambs, not like dogs —Thomas Fuller
- Humor … like good cheese, mellowed and ripened by age —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- Humor, like history … repeats itself like a Gila monster —Harold Adams
- Jokes that weren’t proper and which therefore went through me like an electric shock, both pleasant and intolerable —Thomas Keneally
- Like clothes for the needy, they [jokes] were worn, shabby and used —Henry Van Dyke
- Sarcasm should not be like a saw, but a sword; it should cut, and not mangle —Lord Francis Jeffrey
- A sarcastic wit is a kind of human pole-cat —Josh Billings
In Billings’ phonetic dialect this reads: “a sarkastic wit iz a kind ov human pole-cat.”
- They [poorly told jokes] just lie where they fall, plop, like dropped jellyfish —Herman Wouk
- True sacrcasm is like a swordstick; it appears, at first sight, to be much more innocent than it really is, till, all of a sudden, there leaps something out of it, sharp and deadly and incisive, which makes you tremble and recoil —Sydney Smith
- Wheezing out great lumps of irony like a cat spitting up fur —Wilfrid Sheed
Past participle: humored
|Noun||1.||humor - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter|
jeu d'esprit - a witty comment or writing
esprit de l'escalier - a witty remark that occurs to you too late
pungency, bite - wit having a sharp and caustic quality; "he commented with typical pungency"; "the bite of satire"
caustic remark, irony, sarcasm, satire - witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"; "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Jonathan Swift
repartee - adroitness and cleverness in reply
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
caricature, impersonation, imitation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
ribaldry - ribald humor
topper - an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before
libation - (facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage
roaster - a harsh or humorous critic (sometimes intended as a facetious compliment); "the honoree gave his roasters as good as he got"
|2.||humor - 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"|
|3.||humor - 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"|
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
peeve - an annoyed or irritated mood
|4.||humor - the quality of being funny; "I fail to see the humor in it"|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
comicality - the quality of being comical
|5.||humor - (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"|
body substance - the substance of the body
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
|6.||humor - the liquid parts of the body|
body substance - the substance of the body
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; "the body normally has about 15 quarts of extracellular fluid"
intracellular fluid - liquid contained inside the cell membranes (usually containing dissolved solutes)
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; "before a woman gives birth her waters break"
blood - the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets; "blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and carries away waste products"; "the ancients believed that blood was the seat of the emotions"
blood serum, serum - an amber, watery fluid, rich in proteins, that separates out when blood coagulates
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, seminal fluid, seed - 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
yellow bile, choler - 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
|Verb||1.||humor - put into a good mood|
humour(American) humor (ˈhjuːmə) noun
humorous, adjective, drops the u.