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 audience at the 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat Dinner laughed at the comment. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Trump: I look orange, but so do you because of energy-efficient light bulbs," 13 Sep. 2019 And the lifestyle encourages other healthful habits, including spending time in nature, prioritizing adequate sleep and rest, being physically active, and laughing more. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 12 Aug. 2019 Interviewees have laughed when reflecting on initial homebrewing escapades and cried remembering mentors who have passed away. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Michael's co-stars, Keke and Sara Haines, could not stop laughing. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'GMA' Star Michael Strahan Went Into SERIOUS 'Magic Mike' Mode on One Audience Member," 28 Aug. 2019 It was noted that the 6-year-old would be taking ballet, which caused Spencer and the audience to start laughing. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "‘GMA's Lara Spencer Apologizes For Her 'Insensitive' Prince George Comments, But People Say It's Not Enough," 26 Aug. 2019 Spencer said laughing, as a picture of Prince George smiling ear-to-ear while wearing a soccer jersey appeared on the screen. NBC News, "Lara Spencer apologizes for mocking Prince George's interest in ballet on 'GMA'," 23 Aug. 2019 As precious minutes passed, the officers laughed and joked about waking Timpa up for school and making him waffles for breakfast. Dallas News, "'You're gonna kill me!': Dallas police body cam footage reveals the final minutes of Tony Timpa's life," 30 July 2019 In April, when the Lions drafted Hockenson, Ebron tweeted laughing emojis at Dan Orlovsky after the ex-Lions quarterback praised the pick on Twitter. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' T.J. Hockenson is no Eric Ebron, sets NFL record in debut," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The winners are always sure to cause a few laughs, and this year's are no different. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "And the award for the strangest, most unusual, and downright hilarious scientific research goes to...," 14 Sep. 2019 Odd, then, that the pair's Dolemite Is My Name is such a conventional-feeling biopic, one with its share of laughs and surprising anecdotes but little of the enduring strangeness that kept the 1975 Dolemite rattling around in our cultural memory. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dolemite Is My Name': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 Maggie, where did the iconic laugh and Oh. My. God. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Gunther and Janice actors recall iconic Friends catchphrases, bleached hair, and more," 5 Sep. 2019 Brisson is well-regarded among colleagues as a diplomatic and decisive leader with an infectious laugh and big personality. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Gleaners CEO, has passion for helping the hungry | Shining Light Awards," 23 Aug. 2019 But a leap from melodies to laughs and back to melodies seems improbable for most. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "Columbia College student Morgan Gold has made an elegant transition from comedy to music," 22 Aug. 2019 Those laughs and sneers have transformed into hype and praise after Jones wowed fans with a scintillating debut in the Giants’ 31-22 win over the New York Jets in their preseason opener. oregonlive.com, "Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants in NFL preseason: Time, score, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 16 Aug. 2019 Fran knew how to have fun and her family and friends enjoyed countless laughs and beautiful memories because of it. courant.com, "Frances Bazzano," 15 Aug. 2019 The two performers have a wealth of experiences in mining laughs and poignancy from hot-button topics. Randy Mcmullen, The Mercury News, "Brian Copeland, Charlie Varon take their Trump-themed ‘S*** Show’ on the road," 12 Aug. 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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