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Definition of humor noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality in something that makes it funny or amusing; the ability to laugh at things that are amusing a story full of gentle humor She ignored his feeble attempt at humor. They failed to see the humor of the situation. I can't stand people with no sense of humor. Whatever you do, don't lose your sense of humor. She smiled with a rare flash of humor. She has her very own brand of humor. The movie is only funny if you appreciate British humor (= things that cause British people to laugh).
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] (formal) the state of your feelings or mind at a particular time to be in the best of humors The meeting dissolved in ill humor. to be out of humor (= in a bad mood) see also ,
  3. 3[countable] (old use) one of the four liquids that were thought in the past to be in a person's body and to influence health and character