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

John is partial to the version with chickens and chicken, ahem, salad, Jarrett laughs. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "In fight for his life, John Andretti won't quit helping kids with Race for Riley," 27 June 2019 Boston’s hopes of acquiring an Anthony Davis-type talent may be dashed in the short-term, but after catching my breath from laughing, the truth is this summer hasn’t been a complete and total disaster from the Celtics. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Celtics Need to Figure Out Their Timeline, Then Focus on Title Aspirations," 21 June 2019 The commentators are initially shocked, but just laugh it off as Marshawn being Marshawn. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Profound Silence of Marshawn Lynch," 14 June 2019 Later that night, Hugh Grant laughs while pulling up her skirt. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 When asked by an audience member after the movie’s first screening if any animals were hurt during the production (some seagulls have a rough go of it), Dafoe laughed and gestured at himself and his co-star. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "‘The Lighthouse,’ with Robert Pattinson, illuminates Cannes," 20 May 2019 Salad at a barbecue joint. Don’t laugh, but the chef’s salad is one of their biggest sellers. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: B&B Smokehouse sets a solid barbecue table on San Antonio’s South Side," 13 June 2019 Locals laughed at the idea of staying somewhere with so few modern conveniences. The Economist, "Domestic travellers have revived Bangladesh’s tourism industry," 7 June 2019 My whole life plan went out the window,’’ Cruse said, laughing. Pomerado News, "Ex-Nighthawk helps Oregon softball through tough season," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here's hoping the show keeps on delivering the laughs. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows and Movies to Watch in Between Your July 4th Festivities," 30 June 2019 The memories, laughs and time spent together will be cherished forever by his family. courant.com, "Walter A. Pastuszak," 28 June 2019 Pauly D and Vinny are reality veterans, self-aware enough to doubt this whole process, funny enough to earn laughs mangling the ceremonial lingo of elimination events. Darren Franich, EW.com, "In praise of the goofy, shocking, endearing Double Shot at Love finale," 28 June 2019 The most successful moments of the show from a theatrical perspective were the laugh lines. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report," 25 June 2019 Critics from all different kinds of publications are being charmed by its heart, laughs and pretty incredible voice cast which includes everyone from Tom Hanks to Christina Hendricks. Nick Levine, refinery29.com, "Toy Story 4 Is Giving The Internet All The Feelings," 23 June 2019 Like many funny people, Briggs isn’t exactly a laugh riot in conversation. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "What is the meaning of 'redneck'? This unconventional film critic knows the true definition," 21 June 2019 Baker said with a laugh after the falcon rescue Thursday. Eliza Fawcett, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop helps rescue young falcon found on Near North Side street," 20 June 2019 With the real world continuing to be scary enough, most of us need an escape and/or a laugh semi-regularly. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "HBO’s Los Espookys will make you want to be a horror technician, too," 14 June 2019

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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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