laughing matter


: something not to be taken seriously
usually used in the phrase no laughing matter

Examples of laughing matter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2023, Variety reported the actress claims her time playing Martin's assistant wasn't a laughing matter. Andrew Walsh,, 31 Oct. 2023 For executives and board members, ethics are no longer a laughing matter. Ann Skeet, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024 Her lack of reliable transportation won’t be a laughing matter in August, when her baby is due. Kaiser Health News, CNN, 15 July 2022 While some still smirk at the thought of anomalous aerial objects occupying our skies, the information slowly coming out into the public domain is starting to prove that these objects may not be a laughing matter. Mj Banias, Popular Mechanics, 2 July 2020 The ice, however, wasn’t a laughing matter. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2022 Turns out that’s not a laughing matter. Claire Sibonney, SELF, 29 Sep. 2021 This is not a laughing matter. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 15 June 2021 All jokes aside, a new study shows that getting older should be a laughing matter. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laughing matter was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Laughing matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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