humorist

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EtymologyEdit

From humor +‎ -ist.

NounEdit

humorist (plural humorists)

  1. (medicine, now rare, historical) Someone who believes that health and temperament are determined by bodily humours; a humoralist. [from 16th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Someone subject to whims or fancies. [16th–19th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. III, ch. 88:
      She and the duke used to rally me upon my fondness for lord W—m, who was a sort of an humourist, and apt to be in a pet, in which case he would leave the company, and go to bed by seven o'clock in the evening.
  3. A humorous or witty person, especially someone skilled in humorous writing or performance. [from 17th c.]
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in The Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Peter, after the manner of man at the breakfast table, had allowed half his kedgeree to get cold and was sniggering over a letter. Sophia looked at him sharply. The only letter she had received was from her mother. Sophia's mother was not a humourist.
  4. One who studies or portrays the humours of people.

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NounEdit

humorist m (plural humoriști, feminine equivalent humoristă)

  1. Alternative spelling of umorist.