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 laugh (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 An Amazon Editors pick in biography and memoir, this is Poole’s own story, told with humor — including a laugh-out-loud bit about her role in a Bridget Jones documentary — along with research and advice. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Thinking about not drinking? These authors can inspire your journey," 12 Jan. 2021 Yes, the story of a zombie attack on a small British town is laugh-out-loud hysterical, but this is also a legitimately great horror movie at the same time. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 30 Best Horror Movies on HBO Max," 8 Jan. 2021 Ever notice how few laugh-out-loud sitcoms there are now? Joey Morona, cleveland, "Have a merry streaming Christmas: 20 shows to watch during your socially distant holiday season," 23 Dec. 2020 The novel also touches on land reform, cricket, and religious tension, in playful, inventive language and sometimes with laugh-out-loud humor. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Mira Nair Made Her Own “Suitable Boy”," 7 Dec. 2020 The series has won legions of fans for its laugh-out-loud dialogue, over-the-top real-life characters and dramatic twists. Kathy Passero, al, "How to watch new episodes of ‘Chrisley Knows Best’," 12 Nov. 2020 Thomas’ writing is insightful, smart and laugh-out-loud funny. Star Tribune, "Quarantine Read: Readers suggest soothing books: 'Here for It'," 6 Nov. 2020 In a pattern that holds true for all sorts of creative people, the young Belushi turned his energies outward, and into making people laugh. oregonlive, "‘Belushi’: Documentary about the late ‘SNL’ and ‘Animal House’ star is a sympathetic portrait of a gifted, troubled man," 18 Nov. 2020 Compared to their fellow competitors in the previous rounds, The Masked Singer’s Group C contestants were more interested in having fun on stage and making the panelists laugh during their debut. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "The Masked Singer’s Jellyfish Is Either An Olympian Or Mega Hollywood Royalty," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boldman told the outlet with a laugh after fumbling while trying to unlock the door. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Secret Santa in Idaho Surprises Struggling 65-Year-Old Grandmother With New Car," 23 Dec. 2020 The longtime West Valley City resident sat recently in a Quality Inn motel room in Draper, outgoing and in good humor even though his stress levels were sky-high and his deep and easy laugh sometimes gave way to a cough. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How a former Utes basketball player’s eviction reveals the tough spot many renters are in during the COVID-19 pandemic," 13 Nov. 2020 President Trump added a new complaint about Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, on Monday — her laugh. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Searching for women’s votes, Trump mixes insults with flattery," 26 Oct. 2020 Fiance Alex Rodriguez, Lopez told Cohen with a laugh, was dressed as none other than Bruce Springsteen. Anna Chan, Billboard, "J. Lo Reveals Whether It Was 'Odd' to Dress As A-Rod's Ex Madonna for Halloween," 22 Dec. 2020 And a Tyson mechanic named Jose Ayala, who was known for his hyena-like laugh, was on a ventilator in critical condition. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "As COVID-19 Ravaged This Iowa City, Officials Discovered Meatpacking Executives Were the Ones in Charge," 21 Dec. 2020 May said with a laugh, referencing the trek to Lee Academy, not far from the Canadian border in Maine. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "‘It just felt like another home:’ Prince Tech star Kazell Stewart stays close to home, signs to play college basketball for Scott Burrell, Southern Connecticut," 19 Dec. 2020 Campbell posted the progression of the evolving exhibit on Facebook on Dec. 2, as well as an outline of the sequence of events, thinking others might get a laugh. Washington Post, "How a mother-daughter standoff over a dirty sock became a viral sensation," 15 Dec. 2020 Perfect for theme parties (on Zoom, of course) and gag gifts, ugly Christmas sweaters are one of best ways to get a laugh and spark some holiday joy. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "22 ugly Christmas sweaters for your holiday Zoom parties," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for laugh

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Laugh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laugh. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for laugh

laugh

verb
How to pronounce laugh (audio)

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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