The laughter of children.
Laughter is the sound you make when you hear a really funny joke that makes you giggle.
- the action of laughing or the sound resulting
- an indication of mirth or amusement: with laughter in her eyes
- Archaic a matter for or cause of laughter
Origin of laughterMiddle English ; from Old English hleahtor (akin to German gelächter) ; from base of hleahhan, to laugh
- The act of laughing.
- The sound produced by laughing.
- Archaic A cause or subject for laughter.
Origin of laughterMiddle English, from Old English hleahtor.
See also humor.Abderian relating to foolish or excessive laughter. [Allusion to Democritus, the laughing philosopher, born in Abdero.] cachinnation raucous laughter; loud whinnying. geloscopy, gelotoscopy a form of divination that determines a person’s character or future from the way he laughs. jocundity the quality or condition of being merry or cheerful. —jocund, adj. katagelophobia an abnormal fear or dislike of ridicule. risibility 1. the ability or disposition to laugh. 2. a humorous awareness of the ridiculous and absurd. 3. laughter.
(usually uncountable, plural laughters)
- The sound of laughing, produced by air so expelled; any similar sound.
- Their loud laughter betrayed their presence
- A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the laughing face, particularly of the lips, and of the whole body, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs.
- (archaic) A reason for merriment
From Middle English, from Old English hleahtor (“laughter, jubilation, derision"), from Proto-Germanic *hlahtraz (“laughter"), from Proto-Indo-European *klek-, *kleg- (“to shout"). Cognate with German GelÃ¤chter (“laughter, hilarity, merriment"), Danish and Norwegian latter (“laughter"), Icelandic hlÃ¡tur (“laughter"). More at laugh.