laugh

verb
\ˈlaf, ˈläf\
laughed; laughing; laughs

Definition of laugh 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to show emotion (such as mirth, joy, or scorn) with a chuckle or explosive vocal sound The audience was laughing hysterically.

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

2a : to produce the sound or appearance of laughter a laughing brook

b : to be of a kind that inspires joy the blue sky of Autumn laughs above— Amy Lowell

transitive verb

1 : to influence or move by laughter laughed the bad singer off the stage

2 : to utter with a laugh laughs her consent

laugh

noun

Definition of laugh (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of laughing

2a : a cause for derision or merriment : joke

b : an expression of scorn or mockery : jeer

3 laughs plural : diversion, sport play baseball just for laughs

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Other Words from laugh

Verb

laughingly \ˈla-fiŋ-lē, ˈlä- \ adverb

Examples of laugh in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

He gave a loud laugh. a joke that always gets a big laugh The movie has a lot of laughs. You're going to be a movie star? That's a laugh.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By Monday evening, the boys were able to joke, laugh, and have normal conversations, doctors said. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "How the world came together to save 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave," 10 July 2018 By the evening, the boys were able to joke, laugh, and have normal conversation, doctors said. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Rescuers begin missions to bring out last group from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 The 12-year-old Chihuahua was sitting pretty and begging for tacos in the shadow of the Maria’s Tacos food truck at the first Midweek Music & the Market of the season while Borchart and Cichowski laughed and chatted like old friends. Carrie Napoleon, Daily Southtown, "Highland tunes up Midweek Farmers Market offerings," 9 June 2018 In the low glow of the room, laughs lasted well into the night. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The Legendary Robin Williams was Missed and Reminisced at the New York City Premiere for Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," 14 July 2018 Amid all the changes, Curry laughed at the idea the Warriors were ruining the NBA and said the Los Angeles Lakers’ addition of LeBron James will only make the Western Conference more intriguing. USA TODAY, "Trump attends NATO summit. That doesn't mean he has to like it," 11 July 2018 The governor laughed — and then restored his voting rights. Scott Maxwell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians," 11 July 2018 Many in the room laughed, said a person who was present. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "‘This Is Unbelievable’: A Hedge Fund Star Dims, and Investors Flee," 4 July 2018 People are laughing and talking – either meeting for the first time, introducing friends, or just catching up. Chicago Reader, "Rob McKay of Connect Gallery," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Technically, the show pulls out all the stops and the theater clearly spared no efforts to achieve some powerful moments that dazzle and add to the laughs. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Bryan Batt's divine performance key to comedy of 'Act of God' at Le Petit," 14 May 2018 Additionally, the direction and cast performances lack the vitality necessary to create the world of Wongo and ensure the jokes get laughs. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "Wild Women of Planet Wongo," 21 June 2018 His promising life was cut short and we, his family, friends and colleagues will miss him, his laugh and his smile greatly. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/3," 3 July 2018 Be creative in a way that will make your partner laugh, or snort, or roll their eyes at you. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "The Gentleman's Guide to Setting the Mood," 28 June 2018 Her smile, her laugh and her jokes made every stranger a friend. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/27," 27 June 2018 Her quick and infectious laugh still resonates in the minds of all who knew her. Eric Adler, Aaron Randle And Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Kate Spade's funeral: Mourners gather to say goodbye to hometown fashion icon," 21 June 2018 What many people remember is her laugh, a throaty cackle that was all spirit and no spite. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Jane Clifford Mickler, longtime Union-Tribune editor, columnist, dies at 69 from cancer," 18 June 2018 Her quick and infectious laugh still resonates in the minds of all who knew her. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Spade's Funeral to Be Held Thursday in Her Hometown of Kansas City," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of laugh

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for laugh

Verb

Middle English, from Old English hliehhan; akin to Old High German lachēn to laugh

Noun

see laugh entry 1

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The first known use of laugh was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for laugh

laugh

verb

English Language Learners Definition of laugh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

laugh

noun

English Language Learners Definition of laugh (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or sound of laughing

: something that causes laughter : something funny or foolish

: a funny person

laugh

verb
\ˈlaf, ˈläf\
laughed; laughing

Kids Definition of laugh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to show amusement, joy, or scorn by smiling and making sounds (as chuckling) in the throat

laugh

noun

Kids Definition of laugh (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or sound of laughing

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