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good humour

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n good humour a cheerful and agreeable mood
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Usage

In literature:

During the week that followed, Captain Oliphant impressed the whole family with his chastened good-humour.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
All good things come to an end at last, and so did this breakfast, the end of which found the boys in as great good-humour as at the beginning.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
It was worth anything to them to get the captain in a good-humour.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
One great charm of his speaking is its exceeding good-humour.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
But, I wouldn't be coaxed into good humour.
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
A few days flirtation would put him in good humour, and there was no danger of anything serious.
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They made no objections, therefore, but, putting Victor down at the cross-roads, drove on their way in great good-humour.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
However much you rile them, they are always good-humoured, always cool, always friendly.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
The Doctor was in high good-humour, and naturally felt rather proud of his pupils.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
She laughed and jested and saw good humour in everything.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
She had Wit, Honour, Good-Humour, and Judgment.
"The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6)" by Aphra Behn
The weather continued fine, and the old mate appeared to be in unusual good-humour.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
As we pushed them aside, however, they were in no way offended, but good-humouredly saluted us with jokes of all sorts.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
He bears no revengeful feelings, and is ready to fondle and caress you the moment that your good humour returns.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
They were dancing to the music of a piano, played on by my aunt, while my father sat in his arm-chair, in high good humour.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It was, in the Scots phrase, a good hearing, and put me in good humour with the world.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Of course this led to scenes of violent action and wild but good-humoured excitement.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was a strong-made fellow, with a bright, intelligent, good-humoured face, like that of his father.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
We'll come immediately, if you'll but go in and keep up good humour and sense in the company.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Even the wit with which he crushed them was commonly good-humoured.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
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In poetry:

Not warp'd by Passion, awed by Rumour;
Not grave through Pride, nor gay through Folly,
An equal Mixture of good Humour
And sensible soft Melancholy.
"On a Certain Lady at Court" by Alexander Pope
A frown may be sometimes for physic good,
But not for food ;
And for that raging humour there is sure
A gentler cure.
Why bar you love of private end,
Which never should to public tend?
"A dialogue between Sir Henry Wootton and Mr. Donne" by John Donne
O! then, 'tis said, in canty croon,
A writer chiel ca'd Livingston
Wi' crack and snuff grows cheery;
And dealing round strong punch and joke,
Good-humour'd mad near twa o'clock
Turns a' things tapsilteery!
"To The Members Of The Sober Society; Sent To The Same With An Engraving" by Hector MacNeill
With fearless good humour did Mary comply,
And her way to the Abbey she bent;
The night it was dark, and the wind it was high
And as hollowly howling it swept thro' the sky
She shiver'd with cold as she went.
"Mary - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
There were a great many of them, great and small. The lesser virtues were
more agreeable and genial than the great ones; but they all appeared in
good humour, and chatted amiably together, as was only becoming for near
relations and friends.
"The Banquet Of The Supreme Being" by Ivan Turgenev

In science:

We are grateful to: Gary Bower, Reinhard Brinkman, Jean-Pierre Delahaye, Gilbert Guignard, Tor Raubenheimer, Ron Ruth, Nobu Toge, Nick Walker, to many more for lively contributions to the discussion, and to countless others for their patience, forbearance and good humour during our proceedings.
Summary of Discussion Question 4: Energy Expandability of a Linear Collider
An outsider wouldn’t recognise the mathematical giant that he was in this modest person who was always friendly and good-humoured and who was more than willing to share his ideas with everyone.
Nigel Kalton's work in isometrical Banach space theory
We would like to thank David Smith for undertaking the unenviable task of coordinating and editing this special issue of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and doing so with immense patience, good humour and generous support.
The 3rd International Planning Competition: Results and Analysis
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