Something has made this woman laugh.
An example of laugh is someone making sounds to show they think something is funny.
- 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 kl?g-, to cry out, sound from source Classical Greek klang?, 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
- [pl.]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 face
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 Å¿till 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.
From Middle English laughen, laghen, from Old English hlehhan, hlÃ¦han, hlihhan, hliehhan (“to laugh, laugh at, deride, rejoice "), from Proto-Germanic *hlahjanÄ… (“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 hlÃ¦ja (“to laugh"), Albanian qesh (“to laugh") < arc. klÃªsh, Latin glÅcÄ«re (“to cluck"), Latin glattÄ«re (“to yelp"), Latin gliccÄ«re (“to gaggle"), Welsh cloch (“bell"), Ancient Greek ÎºÎ»ÏŽÏƒÏƒÏ‰ (klá¹“ssÃ´, “to cluck"), Old Church Slavonic ÐºÐ»Ñ”ÐºÐ¾Ñ‚ÑŠ (klekotÅ, “laughter, noise"), Latin clangÅ (“scream, sound"). Related to clang.