verb \ˈlaf, ˈläf\

: to show that you are happy or that you think something is funny by smiling and making a sound from your throat

: to think or say that someone or something is foolish and does not deserve serious attention or respect

: to not be bothered by something

Full Definition of LAUGH

intransitive verb
a :  to show emotion (as mirth, joy, or scorn) with a chuckle or explosive vocal sound
b :  to find amusement or pleasure in something <laughed at his own clumsiness>
c :  to become amused or derisive <a very skeptical public laughed at our early efforts — Graenum Berger>
a :  to produce the sound or appearance of laughter <a laughing brook>
b :  to be of a kind that inspires joy
transitive verb
:  to influence or move by laughter <laughed the bad singer off the stage>
:  to utter with a laugh
laugh·ing·ly \ˈla-fiŋ-lē, ˈlä-\ adverb

Examples of LAUGH

  1. What are you laughing about?
  2. The audience was laughing hysterically.
  3. I've never laughed so hard in my life.
  4. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw what he was wearing.
  5. I laughed out loud when I saw him.
  6. He laughed so hard I thought he'd die laughing.
  7. The movie was hilarious. We laughed our heads off.
  8. I've never seen anything so ridiculous, he laughed.

Origin of LAUGH

Middle English, from Old English hliehhan; akin to Old High German lachēn to laugh
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with LAUGH



: the act or sound of laughing

: something that causes laughter : something funny or foolish

: a funny person

Full Definition of LAUGH

:  the act of laughing
a :  a cause for derision or merriment :  joke
b :  an expression of scorn or mockery :  jeer
plural :  diversion, sport <play baseball just for laughs>

Examples of LAUGH

  1. He gave a loud laugh.
  2. a joke that always gets a big laugh
  3. The movie has a lot of laughs.
  4. You're going to be a movie star? That's a laugh.

First Known Use of LAUGH

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