- Laugh is defined as to express amusement with vocal sounds and facial movements.
An example of laugh is someone making sounds to show they think something is funny.
Something has made this woman laugh.
- to make the explosive sounds of the voice, and the characteristic movements of the features and body, that express mirth, amusement, ridicule, etc.
- to be amused
- to feel or suggest joyousness; appear bright and merry: laughing eyes
Origin of laughMiddle English laughen ; from Old English hleahhan, akin to German lachen (OHG hlahhan) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form klēg-, to cry out, sound from source Classical Greek klangē, Classical Latin clangor
- to express or say with laughter
- to bring about, effect, or cause to be by means of laughter: to laugh oneself hoarse
- the act or sound of laughing
- anything that provokes or is fit to provoke laughter
- Informal mere diversion or pleasure
have the last laugh
- to be amused by
- to make fun of; ridicule; deride
- to be indifferent to or contemptuous of; disregard
laugh up one's sleeve
laugh on the other side of one's faceor laugh out of the other side of one's face or laugh on the wrong side of one's face or laugh out of the wrong side of one's face or laugh on the other side of one's mouth or laugh out of the other side of one's mouth or laugh on the wrong side of one's mouth or laugh out of the wrong side of one's mouth
no laughing matter
verblaughed, laugh·ing, laughs
- To express certain emotions, especially mirth or delight, by a series of spontaneous, usually unarticulated sounds often accompanied by corresponding facial and bodily movements.
- To show or feel amusement or good humor: an experience we would laugh about later on.
- a. To feel or express derision or contempt; mock: I had to laugh when I saw who my opponent was.b. To feel a triumphant or exultant sense of well-being: You won't be laughing when the truth comes out.
- To produce sounds resembling laughter: parrots laughing and chattering in the trees.
- To affect or influence by laughter: laughed the speaker off the stage; laughed the proposal down.
- To say with a laugh: He laughed his delight at the victory.
- a. The act of laughing.b. The sound of laughing; laughter.
- Informal Something amusing, absurd, or contemptible; a joke: The solution they recommended was a laugh.
- often laughs Informal Fun; amusement: went along just for laughs.
Origin of laughMiddle English laughen, from Old English hlæhhan, probably ultimately of imitative origin.
(third-person singular simple present laughs, present participle laughing, simple past and past participle laughed)
- (intransitive) To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
- 1734, Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, Chapter 3
- In Folly’s cup ſtill laughs the bubble Joy.
- (intransitive, followed by "at") To make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride; to mock.
- To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
- To express by, or utter with, laughter.
The simple past tense forms laught, laugh'd and low and the past participles laught, laugh'd and laughen also exist, but are obsolete.
From Middle English laughen, laghen, from Old English hlehhan, hlæhan, hlihhan, hliehhan (“to laugh, laugh at, deride, rejoice ”), from Proto-Germanic *hlahjaną (“to laugh”), from Proto-Indo-European *klek-, *kleg- (“to shout”). Cognate with Scots lauch (“to laugh”), West Frisian laitsje (“to laugh”), Dutch lachen (“to laugh, smile”), German lachen (“to laugh”), Danish le (“to laugh”), Icelandic hlæja (“to laugh”), Albanian qesh (“to laugh”) < arc. klêsh, Latin glōcīre (“to cluck”), Latin glattīre (“to yelp”), Latin gliccīre (“to gaggle”), Welsh cloch (“bell”), Ancient Greek κλώσσω (klṓssô, “to cluck”), Old Church Slavonic клєкотъ (klekotŭ, “laughter, noise”), Latin clangō (“scream, sound”). Related to clang.