not know whether to laugh or cry

Definition of not know whether to laugh or cry

:to be both annoyed or disappointed and amused or relieved at the same time
  • I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when she told me she was getting married.

Word by Word Definitions

know play
  1. : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of

  2. : to have understanding of

  3. : to recognize the nature of : discern

  1. : knowledge

whether play
  1. : which one of the two

  2. : whichever one of the two

  1. used as a function word usually with correlative or or with or whether to indicate (1) until the early 19th century a direct question involving alternatives; (2) an indirect question involving stated or implied alternatives ; (3) alternative conditions or possibilities

laugh play
  1. : to show emotion (such as mirth, joy, or scorn) with a chuckle or explosive vocal sound

  2. : to find amusement or pleasure in something

  3. : to become amused or derisive

  1. : the act of laughing

  2. : a cause for derision or merriment : joke

  3. : an expression of scorn or mockery : jeer

cry play
  1. : to utter loudly : shout

  2. : beg, beseech

  3. : to proclaim publicly : advertise

  1. : an instance of crying: such as

  2. : an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain

  3. : outcry, clamor

  1. : cold : freezing


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