laughingstock

noun
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 Through 11 weeks of the NFL season, the Browns have returned to their familiar role of league laughingstocks. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "'He’d be the perfect pitch person’: Why Ravens star Lamar Jackson could become a marketing force," 25 Nov. 2019 But imagine the anguish of local fans that October when the Orioles, who’d won a whopping 109 games, blundered through the World Series and fell, in five games, to the Mets, once the laughingstock of baseball. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "50 years ago, Baltimore’s Colts, Orioles and Bullets all made it to the postseason, then broke fans’ hearts," 27 Nov. 2019 The Astros were the laughingstocks of baseball, losing 324 games from 2011-2013. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'Everything that's right about the Astros': Great as ever, Jose Altuve wins AL pennant for Houston," 18 Oct. 2019 The true laughingstocks of the Pac-12 are the UCLA fans. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Readers have the answers, even if Dodgers didn’t," 11 Oct. 2019 British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 Formed as a National League expansion club in 1962, the Mets were the laughingstock of baseball for their first half-decade-plus. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Mobile’s Cleon Jones to celebrate 50th anniversary of ‘Miracle Mets’ with charity golf tournament," 26 Sep. 2019 You’re not the laughingstock of technology anymore. Washington Post, "Bing’s Not the Laughingstock of Technology Anymore," 31 May 2019

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Laughingstock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laughingstock. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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laughingstock

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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 How to pronounce laughingstock (audio) , ˈlä- \

Kids Definition of laughingstock

: a person or thing that is made fun of

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