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 Forgotten are the laughingstock seasons when the Clippers won 12 games, 17 games, 21 games. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "The Los Angeles Clippers Won Kawhi Leonard and Paul George by Winning," 7 July 2019 The Bay Area’s hottest pro team this summer has been the San Jose Earthquakes, a former laughingstock that needed mere weeks to morph into one of the strongest clubs in Major League Soccer. Nick Eilerson,, "Q&A: Earthquakes GM Jesse Fioranelli reflects on San Jose’s rapid rise," 16 Aug. 2019 That two-year stint in L.A., however, pales in comparison to the sight of one of the NFL's all-time great defensive backs sporting the uniform of what was then one of the league's perennial laughingstocks, the Jets. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 11 NFL legends with the strangest career stops," 26 July 2019 Antioch met the demand, and a sleepy Yellow Springs, Ohio, liberal arts school of 500 students became a national laughingstock. Wired, "Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture," 8 Sep. 2019 Yes, the Raiders are once again the laughingstock of the NFL — the franchise that all the others look toward to feel better about themselves. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown exposed the Raiders’ relentless incompetence," 7 Sep. 2019 British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 The Browns were a laughingstock that went through a 1-31 stretch and were still mired in relative invisibility on a national level. Hayden Grove,, "Cleveland, it’s time to be a bit more like Baker Mayfield: Hayden Grove," 20 Aug. 2019 In the ’60s, the Mets took eight years to evolve from laughingstocks to lovable contenders. Paul Sullivan,, "Cubs can’t shake that haunting feeling in their return to New York," 27 Aug. 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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14 Nov 2019

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“Laughingstock.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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