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out of humour

In an irritable, grouchy, or unhappy mood; not feeling well or in good spirits. Primarily heard in UK. I think something is bugging John because he's been rather out of humour lately. After living in Gibraltar for so long, these awful London winters leave me feeling me out of humour.
See also: humour, of, out

be put out of humour

old fashioned To be put in an irritable, grouchy, or unhappy mood; to be made to feel unwell, displeased, or in poor spirits. Primarily heard in UK. I must say, I was put quite out of humor to have been reprimanded like that in front of my colleagues. My wife is always being put out of humour by the cold weather in this part of the country.
See also: humour, of, out, put

feel out of humour

To be in an irritable, grouchy, or unhappy mood; to feel unwell, displeased, or in poor spirits. Primarily heard in UK. I think something is bugging John because it seems like he's been feeling rather out of humour lately. I think you should get to bed earlier because you always wake up feeling so out of humour in the morning.
See also: feel, humour, of, out

be out of humour

To be in an irritable, grouchy, or unhappy mood; to feel unwell, displeased, or in poor spirits. Primarily heard in UK. I think something is bugging John because he's been rather out of humour lately. I think you should get to bed earlier because you're always so out of humour in the morning.
See also: humour, of, out

put (someone) out of humour

old fashioned To put someone in an irritable, grouchy, or unhappy mood; to make someone feel unwell, displeased, or in poor spirits. Primarily heard in UK. Having lived in Gibraltar for most of my life, where the weather remains temperate throughout the year, I must say that these awful London winters put me quite out of humour. It always puts me out of humour to think about the state of our country's political system for too long.
See also: humour, of, out, put

gallows humour

  (British & Australian) also gallows humor (American & Australian)
humour that makes unpleasant things, such as death, seem funny
Usage notes: The gallows are a wooden frame used in the past for killing criminals by hanging them from a rope tied around their neck.
Many of the patients I worked with knew they were dying. There was a lot of gallows humour.
See also: humour

schoolboy humour

  (British & Australian) also schoolboy humor (American & Australian)
stupid jokes that are rude but not very offensive Isn't he a bit old for this type of schoolboy humour?
See also: humour, schoolboy
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Cognitive Aspects of Humour in Social Interaction: A Model and Some Linguistic Data.
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Partial research findings are presented and consist of the following categories: various kinds, types, gestures and shapes of musical humour; humour in improvised songs; interpretation of musical gestures as humorous; conditions for understanding humorous musical gestures; meanings of musical humour in improvisational music therapy; constructive functions of humorous musical interventions, and destructive use of humour.