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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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gallows humor

Humor that aims to make grim subjects, like death, funny or comical. (A "gallows" is the wooden frame from which criminals were traditionally hanged.) A: "Why would he say a morbid thing like that?" B: "Oh, that's just how Uncle Ned is—he's prone to gallows humor."
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schoolboy humor

Immature humor. Guys, enough with the schoolboy humor. Let's try to act like adults, please.
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sense of humor

1. An ability to enjoy or say things that are funny. My dad had an amazing sense of humor. He'd always have us in stitches whenever he started telling one of his stories! I was just joking, for crying out loud! Don't you have a sense of humor?
2. The part of one's personality that determines what specifically one considers to be funny or appreciates as humorous. I've got a pretty weird sense of humor, so bizarre comedies like these are right up my alley. Slapstick has never really fit with my sense of humor.
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sense of humor

the ability to appreciate good humor and jokes; the ability to create jokes and say funny things. Does he have a sense of humor? He looks like he has never laughed in his life.
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gallows humor

Grim ironical humor about a serious subject. The term dates from the late 1800s and alludes to joking about being taken to the gallows and hanged. When President Barack Obama was asked why he laughed when talking about the bad state of the world economy, he replied, with a laugh, “There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day” (Sixty Minutes, March 22, 2009).
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"Our research fits into one of the theoretical models that aim to overcome these limitations and provide the psychology of humour with a well-founded, accurate theoretical body of knowledge," said Hugo Carretero Dios, from University of Granada.Nonetheless, researchers also point out that certain styles of humour may be employed to conceal negative intentions and feelings.
In psychology we use the term "positive humour style" to refer to people who use humour to enhance relationships and reduce conflict.
This is the most obviously social of the theories of humour. According to Plato (1972) humour is malicious enjoyment derived from other people's misfortune and Aristotle (1996) refers to it as a 'species of ugliness' for similar reasons although he does concede that wit, or as he puts it 'educated insolence' has some value in the virtuous life.
Speaking about performance, 81 per cent of the employees believe that humour can increase productivity.
Bell D, Coulston CM, Malhi GS (2010) Mentalizing, mental illness and mirth: linking the psychology of theory of mind and humour in psychotic illness disorders.
Before we get into how teachers use humour in the classroom, it might be a good idea to look at the uses of humour generally.
Humour styles, personality, and well-being among Lebanese university students.
The radio jockeys -- one of whom, it now appears, has serious personality issues -- have been excoriated in the social media for their murderous sense of humour.
Humour and playfulness are available to all of us, for our whole lives.
Humour is the most suitable and innocent option for this purpose.
Unsurprisingly, given the findings, men are three times more likely to use humour when leading a meeting.
Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches.
A hierarchical integration of dispositional determinants of general health in students: the big five, trait emotional intelligence and humour styles.
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