ETYM Old Eng. humour, Old Fren. humor, umor, French humeur, Latin humor, umor, moisture, fluid, from humere, umere, to be moist. Related to Humid.
(Alternate spelling: humour).
Medicine, body fluid; skin affection due to blood disorder; archaic, one of four body fluids— blood, phlegm, bile and atrabile—believed to determine health and character.
1. One of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed (in ancient and medieval physiology) to determine one's emotional and physical state; SYN. humour.
2. The quality of being funny; SYN. humour.
3. The trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; SYN. humour, sense of humor, sense of humour.
To put into a good mood; SYN. humour.