Humor or Humour | Meaning, Spelling & Examples
Humor and humour are different spellings of the noun meaning “mood” and “the quality of being amusing” and the verb meaning “indulge.”
The spelling tends to vary depending on whether you’re using UK or US English:
- In US English, “humor” (no “u”) is standard.
- In UK English, “humour” (with a “u”) is the correct spelling.
Other forms of the word
The same spelling distinction carries over to related words, such as “humored/humoured” and “humoring/humouring.”
- In US English, “humored” and “humoring” (no “u”) are standard.
- In UK English, “humoured” and “humouring” (with a “u”) are correct.
While “humour” is the standard spelling in UK English, the related adjective humorous (meaning “comic” or “amusing”) is used in both US and UK English. “Humourous” is never correct.
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