he who laughs last, laughs best

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of he who laughs last, laughs best

used to say that even if someone is not successful now he or she will succeed or be the winner in the end

Word by Word Definitions

he play
  1. : that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare him, his, it, she, they

  2. used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified

  1. : a male person or animal

  2. : one that is strongly masculine or has strong masculine appeal

  1. : the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

  1. helium

laugh play laughs
  1. : to show emotion (such as mirth, joy, or scorn) with a chuckle or explosive vocal sound

  2. : to find amusement or pleasure in something

  3. : to become amused or derisive

  1. : the act of laughing

  2. : a cause for derision or merriment : joke

  3. : an expression of scorn or mockery : jeer

last play
  1. : to continue in time

  2. : to remain fresh or unimpaired : endure

  3. : to manage to continue (as in a course of action)

  1. : a form (as of metal or plastic) which is shaped like the human foot and over which a shoe is shaped or repaired

  1. : to shape with a last

  1. : after all others : at the end

  2. : most lately

  3. : in conclusion

  1. : following all the rest

  2. : being the only remaining

  3. : belonging to the final stage (as of life)

  1. : something that is last

best play
  1. : superlative of good

  2. : excelling all others

  3. : most productive of good : offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction

  1. : superlative of well

  2. : in the best (see 1best) way : to greatest advantage

  3. : most

  1. : the best (see 1best) state or part

  2. : one that is best

  3. : the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. : to get the better of : outdo

  1. : had best (see 2best 1)


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