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humorless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj humorless lacking humor; a wink of warning"- Truman Capote "it was a humorless wink"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Humorless Destitute of humor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • humorless Without humor; sober; dull.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Humorless without humour
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. humor (Fr. humeur)—L. humorhumēre, to be moist.

Usage

In literature:

RAREBIT, n. A Welsh rabbit, in the speech of the humorless, who point out that it is not a rabbit.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
Besides, his remarkable unselfishness compelled their esteem, a shy vein of innocent, humorless sweetness their affection.
"Angel Island" by Inez Haynes Gillmore
He was by no means humorless and his smile was pleasant.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
Warrington switched off the key, his face humorless, though there was a sparkle of grim humor in his sleep-hungry eyes.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
And humorless folk sometimes have a hard, sad time of it in Green Valley.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
Again that curious, humorless smile flickered about the corners of his mouth.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
It was a stony smile, humorless as a crevasse in a rock-face.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
He might have been forty, though the humorless immobility of his face gave him a seeming of greater age.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Thus, one had only to smile humorlessly, permit one's eyes to grow enigmatic, and think of a proper epigram.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
D'Ucello smiled at Daoud, a humorless grimace that stretched his thin mustache.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
But what struck nearest to him was the fact that the people in the streets were not broken spirited depressed, humorless drudges.
"Combat" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
On the other side of the room, Odal glanced at the Acquatainians, grinned humorlessly, and strode to his own booth.
"The Dueling Machine" by Benjamin William Bova
He smiled humorlessly at Horner.
"Heart" by Henry Slesar
But then, too, his eyes had a dull, black humorlessness about them.
"The Scapegoat" by Richard Maples
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In news:

A group of North Korean athletes and coaches sat over lunch here in the Olympic Village and looked somberly at one another as they were told that Americans usually think of North Koreans as shy, humorless and grimly serious.
Humorless officials nix beer-pint-for-blood-pint donation drive.
Humorless Feminists Are Watching.
'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' is stale and humorless .
Peevish Humorless Feminist Edition.
Fun is hiding behind a bad movie costume in this humorless and idiotic Halloween teen comedy.
Since our last Best of Charleston issue, columnist Brian Hicks has been on a roll, adding much needed bite and humor to The Post and Courier's often toothless and humorless pages.
Liam Neeson cuts quite a swath—aye, and makes a fashion statement, too—in " Rob Roy, " a humorless history of the 18th-century swashbuckler's feud with the Marquise of Montrose (John Hurt).
Humorless disabled-rights groups and one even more humorless Hollywood actor have already lodged formal complaints.
Bell 's best quality is his ability to derive humor from seemingly humorless racial topics, distributing laughter equally among the crowd.
Kinky Friedman is the opposite of humorless.
God damn the humorless alt.
Feminists have long been portrayed as being at odds with comedy (those humorless feminists .
At age 15, English novelist Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) composed hymns of hatred against his unloving mother and rebelled against his humorless, authoritarian father, a wealthy Liverpool cotton broker.
Loud, humorless, and devoid of irony.
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