laugh

verb
\ ˈlaf How to pronounce laugh (audio) , 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 How to pronounce laughingly (audio) , 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

The new shelf and hooks (and Bruce’s enthusiasm for them) made me laugh – and reminded me just how sweet and thoughtful Bruce always is. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Bruce Mann, Elizabeth Warren's Husband, Is Low-Key But Incredibly Supportive," 29 Jan. 2019 The jokes are based on what makes them laugh, not an underlying sense of cruelty. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Amy Sedaris Is the Anti-Marie Kondo," 19 Feb. 2019 Former Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans scored nine points and said a few words after one basket to former teammate Davis, who was on the bench in street clothes and laughed as Evans jogged past him. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "Collison lifts Pacers over Pelicans, 109-107," 4 Feb. 2019 In the video, Bishop can be seen dancing at 12:45 a.m. June 2 at Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar as onlookers crowd around, smiling and laughing. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Dancing FBI agent who shot man after backflip at Denver bar gets his gun back," 10 July 2018 After her Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo debuted in early January, everyone has been sharing their own experiences with the KonMari Method on social media — some good, some questionable — and making us laugh along the way. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "10 Hilarious Marie Kondo Memes That Sum Up How We Really Feel About Tidying Up," 17 Jan. 2019 Clearly, her fans agree, as many took to the comments with laughing-crying and flame emoji. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The "Feud" Between Justin Bieber and JoJo Siwa Has Continued," 12 Jan. 2019 There was a series of really funny Michael Cohen ones today that made me laugh all day long. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 And the film hits all the right notes for a great ski film: sweeping unfamiliar landscapes, badass descents, and the chummy laughing that makes these things fun. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "When War Veterans Return to Iraq—This Time to Go Skiing," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After the laughs quieted, guests soon braced themselves for the intergalactic fight between good versus green alien evil. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Brie Larson Exhibited All Kinds of Girl Power at Captain Marvel's Adrenaline-Fueled New York City Premiere," 8 Mar. 2019 For Peele, moving from laughs to thrills was a natural transition. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Culture Club," 7 Mar. 2019 That might explain why, despite PEN15's jokes, the laughs aren't brought on by a punchline so much as by a cringing sense of recognition. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Creators of PEN15 Present Their Hilarious, Oddly Harrowing New Show," 26 Feb. 2019 Merl could easily be a buccaneer’s grandmother, with her heavy gold earrings and delighted laugh. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 She's been chronicling the all-you-can-do-is-laugh moments of her pregnancy, from swollen feet to struggling to squeeze between two parked cars with her baby bump. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Very Pregnant Jessica Simpson Shares a PSA to Moms After Breaking Her Toilet Seat," 14 Feb. 2019 Dixon said with a laugh following his Sunday night appearance on the NBC obstacle course game show, American Ninja Warrior. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "IndyCar drivers expect speed, style to remain consistent at Indianapolis 500," 30 Apr. 2018 The one with the most wins! Blindfolded Makeup Challenge Want some big laughs? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Charles looks beside himself with joy holding his grandchild in a tight embrace while sharing a smile that looks like both a smile and a laugh. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "These Photos of Prince Charles as a Dad and as a Granddad Are Utterly Adorable," 19 Nov. 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 and Noun

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

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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
chiefly British : a funny person

laugh

verb
\ ˈlaf How to pronounce laugh (audio) , 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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