Use the word "humor" as a noun when describing something that is funny or when describing a person’s ability to recognize why something is funny.
The word "humorous" is an adjective. It’s very similar to the word "funny."
It is possible to use "humor" as a verb, but then the meaning of the word changes. When humoring someone, you allow that person to believe something that is not true. For example, if you produce a work of art that isn’t very good, and then I tell you it’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, I’m humoring you.
Note: British spelling for this word is humour.
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This page was first published on April 19, 2012. It was updated on May 28, 2015.