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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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 Any talk of power shortages conjures up memories of the 2001 energy crisis, when the state endured several days of rolling blackouts and became something of a national laughingstock. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Summer just got a little hotter: The state might have you turn down your AC | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 Three weeks ago, the players on Russia's national soccer team were laughingstocks, targets for jokes and social-media memes. James Ellingworth,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of laughingstock

circa 1518, in the meaning defined above

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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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