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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

humour, humourless, humorous, humorist

In Canada, humour and humourless are the preferred spellings.

  • A good sense of humour is an asset in the business world.
  • Humourless people must see life in shades of grey.

However, the u is dropped before the r in the adjective humorous and the noun humorist:

  • Dave Broadfoot is a famous Canadian humorist.
  • As valedictorian, Bridget gave a touching and humorous speech.