Humour vs. Wit

Humour vs. Wit — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Humour and Wit

Humournoun

Variant of humor.

Witnoun

The natural ability to perceive and understand; intelligence.

Humournoun

(uncountable) The quality of being amusing, comical, funny.

She has a great sense of humour, and I always laugh a lot whenever we get together.The sensitive subject was treated with humour, but in such way that no one was offended.

Witnoun

often wits Practical intelligence; shrewdness or resourcefulness

living by one's wits.

Humournoun

(uncountable) A mood, especially a bad mood; a temporary state of mind or disposition brought upon by an event; an abrupt illogical inclination or whim.

He was in a particularly vile humour that afternoon.

Witnoun

wits Sound mental faculties; sanity

scared out of my wits.

Humournoun

Any of the fluids in an animal body, especially the four "cardinal humours" of blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm that were believed to control the health and mood of the human body.

Witnoun

(Archaic) A person of exceptional intelligence.

Humournoun

(medicine) Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humour and vitreous humour.

Witnoun

The ability to express oneself intelligently in a playful or humorous manner, often in overturning audience expectations

a writer with a scintillating wit.

Humournoun

(obsolete) Moist vapour, moisture.

Witnoun

A person noted for this ability, especially in conversation

“My mother, the family wit and teaser, knew better than to joke about the disaster” (Donald Hall).

Humourverb

(transitive) To pacify by indulging.

I know you don't believe my story, but humour me for a minute and imagine it to be true.

Witnoun

Intelligent playfulness or humor in expression, as in speech, writing, or art

novels known for their wit and inventiveness.

Humournoun

a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling;

whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the timehe was in a bad humor

Witverb

To be or become aware of; learn.

Humournoun

a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Witverb

To know.

Humournoun

(Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state;

the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile

Witnoun

Sanity.

He's gone completely out of his wits.

Humournoun

the liquid parts of the body

Witnoun

The senses.

Humournoun

the quality of being funny;

I fail to see the humor in it

Witnoun

Intellectual ability; faculty of thinking, reasoning.

Where she has gone to is beyond the wit of man to say.

Humournoun

the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous;

she didn't appreciate my humoryou can't survive in the army without a sense of humor

Witnoun

The ability to think quickly; mental cleverness, especially under short time constraints.

My father had a quick wit and a steady hand.

Humourverb

put into a good mood

Witnoun

Intelligence; common sense.

The opportunity was right in front of you, and you didn't even have the wit to take it!

Witnoun

Humour, especially when clever or quick.

The best man's speech was hilarious, full of wit and charm.

Witnoun

A person who tells funny anecdotes or jokes; someone witty.

Your friend is quite a wit, isn't he?

Witverb

Know, be aware of constructed with of when used intransitively.

You committed terrible actions — to wit, murder and theft — and should be punished accordingly.They are meddling in matters that men should not wit of.

Witpreposition

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Witnoun

a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Witnoun

mental ability;

he's got plenty of brains but no common sense

Witnoun

a witty amusing person who makes jokes