belly laugh


: a deep hearty laugh

Example Sentences

He has an infectious belly laugh. The show provided lots of belly laughs.
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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of belly laugh was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Belly laugh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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