laugh·​ing·​stock | \ ˈla-fiŋ-ˌstäk How to pronounce laughingstock (audio) , ˈlä-\

Definition of laughingstock

: an object of ridicule

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Synonyms for laughingstock


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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Over the next 12 years, Payton, the fourth overall pick, and Hartenstine, the 31st, provided different kinds of leadership as the Bears went from laughingstock to contender to, finally, champions in 1985. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 67, Mike Hartenstine," 1 July 2019 That improbable season changed the perception of the team, which morphed from laughingstock to winner. Fox News, "Mets honored with keys to the city 50 years after their 1969 'miracle' season," 30 June 2019 That’s the homegrown trio that took the Warriors from irrelevance and laughingstock status to the top of the mountain. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Kevin Durant left $57 million on the table, and only one person knows why," 30 June 2019 Kansas isn’t shrinking from the program’s national perception of being a laughingstock. Amie Just,, "The Les Miles Show brings signs of life, hope to Kansas football program," 28 June 2019 But the deal with a tech giant was the disruption the team needed to start its transition from laughingstock to powerhouse. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "A Basketball Mecca That Just Needed a Name," 13 June 2019 At that point, the Clippers were the laughingstock of the league — but the Warriors were worse. Rusty Simmons,, "Ring bearers: Role players who helped start five-year Finals run recall it fondly," 4 June 2019 So, at that time, candidate Trump was made a laughingstock for the audacity of statements like this. Fox News, "Judge orders Fusion GPS to give deposition over dossier," 28 July 2018 After a two-week reunion tour as the NBA’s laughingstock, the Sixers arrived at a decision that had seemed obvious all along. David Murphy,, "Sixers decided Bryan Colangelo's strength, like Sam Hinkie's, had become a liability | David Murphy," 8 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of laughingstock

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


laugh·​ing·​stock | \ ˈla-fiŋ-ˌstäk How to pronounce laughingstock (audio) , ˈlä-\

Kids Definition of laughingstock

: a person or thing that is made fun of

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to form ideas or theories about something

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