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 If this woman hadn’t already been made the laughingstock of the entire season, the producers clearly want fatphobic viewers to mock her even more. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: The Plot Against Aneesa," 25 Mar. 2021 No surprise Texas’ electricity system is a national laughingstock. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Angered and frustrated by Texas’ electricity scandal? Here’s what you can do to fix it," 5 Mar. 2021 After two decades of being an elections laughingstock, Florida’s relatively smooth 2020 election was lauded by officials of both parties. Gray Rohrer,, "Florida lawmakers face huge COVID-19 fallout as session convenes on Tuesday," 26 Feb. 2021 The energy capital of America is a laughingstock, and deservedly so. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "No surprise Texas’ electricity system is a national laughingstock. Only customers cared, until now," 19 Feb. 2021 Because Scott - and by extension, his conference - has become something of a laughingstock. Ann Killion,, "Commissioner Larry Scott’s pending Pac-12 departure is necessary and overdue," 21 Jan. 2021 Saleh has spent the past four years in Santa Clara, California, transforming the 49ers' defense from a onetime laughingstock to one of football's most elite units. NBC News, "Jets make history, hiring Robert Saleh to become NFL's first Muslim head coach," 15 Jan. 2021 Then, Trump issued his notorious assessment of Mexican immigrants intermingled with his sense that America had, under Obama, become the laughingstock of the world. NBC News, "The Trump-fueled riot shocked America. To some, it was a long time coming.," 16 Jan. 2021 There was a time during the season when the Seattle Seahawks defense was the laughingstock of the NFL. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ defense peaking at the right time after suffocating the L.A. Rams," 27 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Laughingstock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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