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humorist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n humorist someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Humorist (Med) One who attributes diseases of the state of the humors.
    • Humorist One who displays humor in speaking or writing; one who has a facetious fancy or genius; a wag; a droll; especially, one who writes or tells jokes as a profession. "The reputation of wits and humorists ."
    • Humorist One who has some peculiarity or eccentricity of character, which he indulges in odd or whimsical ways. "He [Roger de Coverley] . . . was a great humorist in all parts of his life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humorist One who attributes all diseases to a depraved state of the humors; a humoralist.
    • n humorist A person who acts according to his humor; one easily moved by fancy, whim, or caprice; a person of eccentric conduct or uncertain temper.
    • n humorist A person who possesses the faculty of humor; one who entertains by the exercise of a comical fancy; a humorous talker, writer, or actor; a wag; a droll.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Humorist one whose conduct and conversation are regulated by humour or caprice: one who studies or portrays the humours of people: one possessed of humour: a writer of comic stories
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Quotations

  • Erma Bombeck
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    “Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.”
  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “A humorist is a person who feels bad, but who feels good about it.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Wit. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.”
  • Will Rogers
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    “Youve got to be [an] optimist to be a Democrat, and youve got to be a humorist to stay one.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. humoriste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. humor (Fr. humeur)—L. humorhumēre, to be moist.

Usage

In literature:

These stories were probably the creations of the professional humorists in the first place.
"Cobb's Bill-of-Fare" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
One of the most perfect types of the Georgia humorist was the late John M. Dooly.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
Signor Schanzer may not be an expert on discipline, but as a humorist he wins applause.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
He was also a humorist in a grim sort of way.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
No doubt much of his coarseness, like that of every humorist, was based on honesty and hatred of shams.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
But he more frequently appeared before the public as a journalist and a humorist, a writer of light articles and short stories.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
The second lecture was upon Congreve, the most worthless, and Addison, the most amiable of the English Humorists.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
They were both humorists, but of a different order.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
During the present decade the American public has welcomed almost annually a new humorist.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
Humoristic Variations and Moods; Theme and Variations.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Billy must have been a humorist.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Mark Twain is a humorist of a kind.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Herr Koulas was something of a humorist.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Thus I get the impression that he is something of a humorist, yet also that his chief trait is aggressiveness.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
Some humorist has said that when a man starts to go to the devil he finds everything greased.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
He still had the sorrows which grieve the strong humorist of every age.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
After going to the wrong address, he finally located the humorist in Chelsea.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Among our younger humorists none has so quickly found his way to the hearts of readers as 'A.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
All great humorists were all indecent, before Charles Dickens.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
I confess that would not have occurred to my ingenuity, or I should think to that of any but an Irish humorist.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
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In poetry:

You ain’t met him? Son, you’ve missed
The most funniest humorist
I’ve met with in my born days—
Funniest talker, anyways,
When it comes to repartee—
That’s the humor catches me!
"Jabed Meeker, Humorist" by Ellis Parker Butler
Oh happy was that humorist - the first that made a pun at all -
Who when a joke occurred to him, however poor and mean,
Was absolutely certain that it never had been done at all -
How popular at dinners must that humorist have been!
"The Played-Out Humorist" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"You, madam, are the eternal humorist,
The eternal enemy of the absolute,
Giving our vagrant moods the slightest twist!
With your aid indifferent and imperious
At a stroke our mad poetics to confute—"
And—"Are we then so serious?"
"Conversation Galante" by T S Eliot

In news:

Edward Burne-Jones: The Hidden Humorist by John Christian London: British Museum Press, 112 pp.
Retired' humorist remains ready to stir it up.
Humorist Garrison Keilloor will bring his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show to the 2013 Virginia Arts Festival on May 4.
John Scalzi has always been a humorist at heart, but you'd never know it from the covers of his books.
This year's luncheon features acclaimed humorist and professional speaker Jeanne Robertson.
Q&A with political humorist Will Durst .
After discovering that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote, political humorist Mo Rocca sets out on an irreverent road trip to see how voting works in America.
Political humorist Mo Rocca, a correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning," a panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me".
On Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 pm, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry takes the stage at The Music Hall with his first solo adult novel in over a decade, a dark comic masterpiece.
Kevin Kling is a Minnesota playwright, humorist and occasional public radio commentator.
Today I chat with a humorist who is a regular contributor to Cracked.com, one of my favorite daily reads.
Red Green is a Canadian humorist.
The Civic Wit of Humorist Harry Hershfield.
The speaker, Sean Carter, humorist at law, will guide participants through programs that focus on substance abuse, ethics and professionalism in a manner that will engage participants by using humor to make points on these important issues.
Ron Hart is an op-ed humorist, author and TV/radio commentator who formerly lived in Columbia.
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In science:

To paraphrase the humorist Michael Feldman, readers who are sticklers for the whole truth should write their own lectures.
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