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

The video and Brandon's iconic question immediately became part of our pop culture consciousness, even getting a nod in Black Panther when Shuri asks T'Challa that same question while laughing at his sandals. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Brandon Moore, Creator of the "What Are Those?" Vine, Has Died at 31," 28 Nov. 2018 Creating an enemy that people will feel fine laughing at is the point. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 Kourtney followed up her epic takedown with a shot of her and Kendall laughing poolside, probably at the Insta-hater. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kourtney Kardashian Personally Responds to a Fan Who Says She Doesn't Work," 7 Oct. 2018 Costello, from Wethersfield and Central Connecticut State University, can look back and laugh at a slugger’s worst nightmare and take a little good-natured clubhouse ribbing. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Wethersfield's Ryan Costello Slugging His Way Through The Minor Leagues," 14 July 2018 Trump at times drew laughs from some British reporters, who jeered his criticism of the media and openly laughed at his numerous boasts. Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump praises May after throwing barbs, then meets the queen," 13 July 2018 Trump at times drew laughs from some British reporters, who jeered his criticism of the media and openly laughed at his numerous boasts. Washington Post, "Trump pulls diplomatic backflip, praising May after barbs," 13 July 2018 Your arms have to be perfect, and your hands have to be perfect and my arms would be killing me after every dance [laughs]. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Mackenzie Ziegler Gets Real About Her Struggles on the Show," 7 Oct. 2018 Several boys are laughing as the SEALs joke around with them. NBC News, "Thai soccer team receives advices from freed Chilean miner," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Playing music out of my truck over the game’s local chat is met with laughs and appreciation. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "Battlefield V’s single-player stories are the right way to do war games," 20 Nov. 2018 Shared a lot of laughs and fun in rehearsals this past week! Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Britney Spears Reunites With Dance Crew Before 'Piece Of Me' Tour Kick-Off: Watch," 10 July 2018 Mom will be remembered for her positive attitude, contagious laugh and smile. courant.com, "Juliette B. Gilbert," 1 July 2018 During Clinton’s visit to Bush’s home in coastal Kennebunkport, Maine, the two former U.S. presidents shared a laugh. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Former President George H. W. Bush Met With Bill Clinton and You Better Believe He Wore the Correct Socks," 26 June 2018 On a recent afternoon, three members were sharing laughs and joints at the bar as music played faintly in the background. Nicole Defeudis, BostonGlobe.com, "A family-run club for marijuana enthusiasts opens shop in Worcester," 21 June 2018 Shion tries hard not to roll his eyes or laugh, and Taka asks if the two of them really need to go out on Christmas Eve. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Is Brimming With Exes," 6 June 2018 Some swatters are trolls who do this for laughs and personal entertainment. German Lopez, Vox, "David Hogg’s family was swatted. That’s extremely dangerous.," 5 June 2018 For two decades, Rivers and her rotating team mocked celebrities’ fashion choices, hairdos, makeup selections and their overall aesthetic decisions to big laughs and big ratings. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "There’s a difference between shade, eyeshadow and shaming," 1 May 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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