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laugh

verb \ ˈlaf , ˈläf \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of laugh

intransitive verb
1 a : 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
2 a : 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

laughingly

play \ˈla-fiŋ-lē, ˈlä-\ adverb

Examples of laugh in a Sentence

  1. What are you laughing about?

  2. The audience was laughing hysterically.

  3. I've never laughed so hard in my life.

  4. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw what he was wearing.

  5. I laughed out loud when I saw him.

  6. He laughed so hard I thought he'd die laughing.

  7. The movie was hilarious. We laughed our heads off.

  8. “I've never seen anything so ridiculous,” he laughed.

Recent Examples of laugh from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of laugh

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

laugh Synonyms

Synonyms
break up, cackle, chortle, chuckle, crack up, giggle, hee-haw, roar, scream, snicker, titter, twitter, split one's sides
Related Words
grin, smile
Near Antonyms
bawl, blubber, cry, sob, weep; howl, scream, squall, wail, yowl; bleat, pule, whimper, whine; sniffle, snivel; groan, moan, sigh

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laugh

noun

Definition of laugh

1 : the act of laughing
2 a : 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

Examples of laugh in a Sentence

  1. He gave a loud laugh.

  2. a joke that always gets a big laugh

  3. The movie has a lot of laughs.

  4. You're going to be a movie star? That's a laugh.

Recent Examples of laugh from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of laugh

see 1laugh


LAUGH Defined for English Language Learners

laugh

verb

Definition of laugh for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of laugh for English Language Learners

  • : the act or sound of laughing

  • : something that causes laughter : something funny or foolish

  • : a funny person


LAUGH Defined for Kids

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laugh

verb \ ˈlaf , ˈläf \

Definition of laugh for Students

laughed; laughing
: to show amusement, joy, or scorn by smiling and making sounds (as chuckling) in the throat

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laugh

noun

Definition of laugh for Students

: the act or sound of laughing


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