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noun [uncountable] humour pronunciation in British English /ˈhjuːmə(r)/
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  1. 1
    the quality that makes a situation or entertainment funny

    a novel full of humour

    not see the humour in something (=not think something is funny):

    They laughed at things she didn’t see the humour in.

    1. a.
      something said or done that is funny

      He made a hopeless attempt at humour.

  2. 2
    the ability to know when something is funny, and to laugh at funny situations

    His colleagues remember him for his humour and loyalty.

    sense of humour:

    Sally is a friendly person with a great sense of humour.

  3. 3
    formal someone’s mood

    Fred’s comments did nothing to improve Jo’s humour.

    in (a) good/bad humour:

    He laughed again, obviously in a good humour.


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