laughingstock

noun
laugh·ing·stock | \ ˈla-fiŋ-ˌstäk , ˈlä- \

Definition of laughingstock 

: an object of ridicule

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Synonyms for laughingstock

Synonyms

butt, derision, jest, joke, mark, mock, mockery, sport, target

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Examples of laughingstock in a Sentence

The team has become the laughingstock of the league. The mayor became a laughingstock.

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Three weeks ago, the players on Russia's national soccer team were laughingstocks, targets for jokes and social-media memes. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "From laughingstocks to stars, Russian players enjoy World Cup success," 6 July 2018 Russia’s World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. Washington Post, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018 The Warriors, the league’s biggest laughingstock not so long ago, have entered the NBA history books as one of the great teams of all time. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ 3rd title wasn’t easy, but it was dynastic," 11 June 2018 The Saints, once a perennial laughingstock under owner John Mecom Jr., became one of the most successful teams in the NFL during Benson's ownership tenure. Michael Democker, NOLA.com, "Second-line, other tributes to Saints owner Tom Benson: photo gallery," 15 Mar. 2018 But the last week or two, the laughingstock Rapids managed to string some decent matches together and have actually moved ahead of the Sounders in the Western Conference standings. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "No laughing matter: struggling Sounders face a former MLS cellar dwellar that’s showing signs of life," 3 July 2018 The Yankees’ resurgence has been especially painful in Queens, where the Mets have gone from the talk of the town to a laughingstock. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Sorry, Baseball: The Evil Empire Is Back," 28 June 2018 Russia's World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. Fox News, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018 At his very first press briefing, Spicer vigorously misrepresented the size of Trump's inaugural crowds, soaring to national fame as a laughingstock. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "As a willing warrior for Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggles to maintain credibility," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of laughingstock

circa 1518, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of laughingstock was circa 1518

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laughingstock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of laughingstock

: a person or thing that is regarded as very foolish or ridiculous

laughingstock

noun
laugh·ing·stock | \ ˈla-fiŋ-ˌstäk , ˈlä- \

Kids Definition of laughingstock

: a person or thing that is made fun of

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