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

Another that dealt with a meme factory ended up making Ralph (who in the sequence took all sorts of abuse in order to make people laugh) feel like too much of a sad sack. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 Hayes and Milliner are executive producers of the six-part CNN docuseries, which explores what makes people laugh. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "'Will & Grace' star, producing partner dish on CNN series, Woodfield Mall memories," 12 July 2018 My mother, alone and untended for the first time in her life, in need of a good match, laughing at...jokes? refinery29.com, "Who Is Camille's Father In Sharp Objects?," 9 July 2018 Where other people might take offense, Hayek understands what underlies the impulse and is able to laugh it off. Elizabeth Day, Town & Country, "Salma Hayek Isn't Going to Let Anyone Define Her," 6 Mar. 2019 This is her, laughing her a** off, mimosa in hand, on a chair swing!! Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Daniel Lissing? Meet the Star of Hallmark’s New Movie ‘Christmas In Love’," 11 Nov. 2018 Ever the professional, Taylor pulled herself up off of the stage (with a little help from a background dancer), laughed it off, and kept on singing as if nothing had happened. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Falls During Concert," 23 July 2018 His granddaughter, Joanna King of Homewood, laughed it off. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Heinz wants to give ‘Mustard Man’ White Sox tickets, but the Flossmoor resident wants to do a commercial," 13 July 2018 Hudi texted a screenshot of the tweet to Halladay, laughing it off as fake. Daniel Paulling, New York Times, "After Roy Halladay’s Death, Teenagers Turn Grief Into History," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But for fans who are worried that the death might take away from the show’s trademark humor, Ariel assured fans that there will still be some laughs mixed in with the tragedy. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Hinted That the "Modern Family" Season 10 Death Will Be Surprising," 16 Oct. 2018 There are a few laughs, some taut exchanges and, much to Talbott’s credit, an honest attempt to face up to some thorny realities. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Review: Nearly Naked Theatre's 'The Submission' is how NOT to add to the diversity debate," 3 July 2018 There's a laugh at every corner with Rudd leading the way. David Betancourt, chicagotribune.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is pretty much exactly like the first movie, and that's a good thing," 2 July 2018 You’re not the first to wonder if our laughs give us away. Popular Mechanics, "Can You Tell Someone's Nationality From Their Laugh?," 9 Aug. 2018 In the game, Sulley is the SEO of Monsters Inc. while Mike is the company's top laugh maker. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Disney Movie Plot Holes That Will Forever Be Annoying," 30 Jan. 2019 After the laughs quieted, guests soon braced themselves for the intergalactic fight between good versus green alien evil. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Brie Larson Exhibited All Kinds of Girl Power at Captain Marvel's Adrenaline-Fueled New York City Premiere," 8 Mar. 2019 For Peele, moving from laughs to thrills was a natural transition. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Culture Club," 7 Mar. 2019 That might explain why, despite PEN15's jokes, the laughs aren't brought on by a punchline so much as by a cringing sense of recognition. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Creators of PEN15 Present Their Hilarious, Oddly Harrowing New Show," 26 Feb. 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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