1the quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech:his tales are full of humour
the ability to express humour or amuse other people:their inimitable brand of humour
2a mood or state of mind:her good humour vanishedthe clash hadn’t improved his humour
[count noun] archaic an inclination or whim:and have you really burnt all your Plays to please a Humour?
3 (also cardinal humour) [count noun] historical each of the four chief fluids of the body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile (choler), and black bile (melancholy)) that were thought to determine a person’s physical and mental qualities by the relative proportions in which they were present.
comply with the wishes of (someone) in order to keep them content, however unreasonable such wishes might be:she was always humouring him to prevent trouble
archaic adapt or accommodate oneself to (something):in reading this stanza we ought to humour it with a corresponding tone of voice
out of humour
in a bad mood.
sense of humour
a person’s ability to appreciate humour:in all the ups and downs of his life he never lost his sense of humour