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

Definition of laughingstock

: an object of ridicule

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Examples of laughingstock in a Sentence

The team has become the laughingstock of the league. The mayor became a laughingstock.
Recent Examples on the Web The paper, for much of its existence, had functioned as journalistic laughingstock; Otis helped transform it into a Pulitzer Prize-winning media organization with bureaus around the world. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Baker Mayfield deserves the Browns' respect for raising the bar on a beleaguered franchise that just five years ago was the laughingstock of sports. Rob Oller, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 The statue depicts Seaver — who more than 50 years ago transformed the Mets from a laughingstock into world champions — in his famous drop-and-drive delivery to home plate. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Indeed, a sort of face-palm moment these contestants had laughed off during taping in December had hit the harsh climes of the Twittersphere and mutated into an Internet laughingstock. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 That came a few years later when, during a season in which a player killed himself in the practice facility parking lot, the Chiefs were the two-win laughingstock of the league. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 30 Jan. 2022 The Detroit Lions have been a laughingstock of the NFL for a long time, and nothing about a two-win season will make that change. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 9 Jan. 2022 Under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson, the Cowboys made a rapid ascent from a 1-15 laughingstock in 1989 to title contenders just three years later. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2022 In the space of two weeks, the Broncos have turned themselves from a laughingstock into an AFC playoff contender. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Laughingstock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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