belly laugh


Definition of belly laugh

: a deep hearty laugh

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Examples of belly laugh in a Sentence

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

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But just as many viewers sat silently, seemingly unsure of whether the correct response was a belly laugh or an eye roll. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "What are you laughing at? ‘Late Night’ leads a new crop of comedies trying to make jokes more woke.," 13 June 2019 The audience responded with stunted laughs and awkward silence, a stark departure from its typical full belly laughs, seemingly unsure of how to interpret the joke. Danika Worthington, The Know, "Denver native T.J. Miller addresses sexual assault allegations during hometown show," 9 Aug. 2019 His mouth curls into a wide smile before devolving into a deep belly laugh. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 Chrissy Teigen is the gift that keeps on giving: From her epic Twitter clapbacks to her drool-worthy recipes, Teigen consistently delivers full bellies and belly laughs. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "This Chrissy Teigen Reaction Is Winning the 2018 Emmy Awards," 17 Sep. 2018 Sei punktlich!), is the point where analysis fails and a belly laugh begins. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "13 Essential Lesser-Known Songs From Tom Waits' Catalog," 16 May 2018 In recent months, thousands of people have written to me (mostly by postcards, often filled to their edges) about an epidemic of belly laughs directed at them by their household appliances. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "My Electronic Devices Are Laughing at Me," 22 Mar. 2018 Searching for a climactic cliff-hanger, the writers lean more toward blood and guts at the expense of belly laughs. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Barry’ kills on HBO," 16 Mar. 2018 There are chuckles here and there, but a striking absence of belly laughs; Girls Trip it’s decidedly not. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Game Night': Film Review," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of belly laugh

1916, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2019

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The first known use of belly laugh was in 1916

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English Language Learners Definition of belly laugh

: a deep and loud laugh

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